You take probiotics, right? Do your kids? Well they can and probably should! Their immune systems could use some protection in this world full of viruses and germs. While foods like yogurt do contain some healthy bacteria, it’s usually not enough per serving or the right kind for young children.
From Birth On
You probably already know that probiotics are the good guys when it comes to balancing the bacteria in your gastrointestinal tract, or gut. But they’re not just for grown-ups. Even babies can benefit from these hard working microorganisms. A newborn’s flora, or bacteria, is basically sterile. Probiotics work in the development of a young immune system by helping to colonize the gut, where an astonishing 85 to 90% of our immune system lives. You can easily give your baby probiotics as you breastfeed. Flora will already be present in your breast milk but if you want make sure your baby is getting enough, you can simply put a small amount of Orange Naturals Probiotic Powder on the nipple as your baby nurses. You can also maximize your own dosage to increase the amount in your milk. For older children, Probiotic Powder can be added to formula, apple sauce, oatmeal and smoothies!
Fluids, Rest and Probiotics
Where there are kids, there are viruses. One of the best ways to keep colds and flu to a minimum is to make sure probiotics are part of your children’s daily health regimen. A course of antibiotics? Follow with a course of probiotics. Diarrhea after a tummy upset or stomach flu? Probiotics can set the flora straight, restore good gut health and strengthen the immune system.
The Eczema Connection
Studies show that probiotics benefit kids with eczema and other allergic responses like asthma and food sensitivities. They help balance the immune system so the body’s reaction isn’t so strong. Probiotics can also work preventatively. If you have a family history of eczema and take probiotics during your pregnancy, you can lessen the likelihood that your baby will develop eczema too.
Which Strain is Best?
So you’re doing your research and every product label you read lists a different strain of bacteria. How do you know which one is right for you? Can your kids take the same one? It turns out that adult formulations have different strains and a higher number of bacteria. For kids, look for Bifidobacterium breve, Bifidobacterium infantis or Bifidobacterium longum.
Here are some dosage guidelines:
Age 1 – 2 yrs: 3 billion CFU (1/4 teaspoon daily)
Age 3 – 5 yrs: 6 billion CFU (1/4 teaspoon, twice daily)
Age 6 – 11 yrs: 9 billion CFU (1/4 teaspoon, three times daily)
Age 12+ yrs: 12 billion CFU (1/2 teaspoon, twice daily)
Probiotics are good for all members of your family, from babies to teens and beyond. A shelf stable formulation like Probiotic Powder means that you can take it with you and easily add it to foods and drinks no matter where you are.