Probiotics are a great way to help even the healthiest kids. Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that have a wide array of benefits. Found in fermented foods like yogurts or kefir, or in a nutritional supplement such as Pathway Kids’ Acidophilus, here are just a few reasons why you may want to consider giving your kids probiotics.
1. Probiotics can help counteract side effects of antibiotics. Although there are cases when antibiotics are a necessary and very helpful medication, antibiotics are becoming less frequently prescribed for children. Unfortunately children sometimes develop diarrhea when they take antibiotics, as the healthy bacteria in the gut become collateral damage in the antibiotic’s fight against disease-causing bacteria. Probiotics, particularity Saccharomyces boulardii, can help reduce the risk of this type of diarrhea.
2. Probiotics are also very helpful in preventing infectious diarrhea, the type that is caused by viruses and that can travel quickly through daycare centers and other places where there are plenty of children. In one study, 3 months of use of the probiotic Lactobacillus GG in children attending daycare was associated with a notable reduction in both intestinal and respiratory tract infections, as well as fewer days home sick from school.
3. Researchers have found that supplementing colicky babies with the probiotic Lactobacillus reuteri can make a big difference in crying time. In a group of 46 colicky babies, researchers supplemented about half with the probiotic and measured how many of the babies’ crying times was reduced by at least half over a course of 3 weeks. After 7 days, about 80% of the probiotics-supplemented babies had at least a 50% reduction in crying time compared to less than 40% of the control group babies.
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