When it comes to babies, parents usually ask a lot of questions like how can they make their child's life better, safer and happier? Well, the answer might be found in probiotics! Yes, you heard right. Not just us adults; even babies could use some good gut friendly bacteria. Let’s take a closer look at what exactly are probiotics and if infants could benefit from them too.
What are Probiotics?
Probiotics are live microorganisms that when consumed provide health benefits to the host. Sounds strange? Not really! We need bacteria to thrive both outside and inside our bodies. There are good bacteria (probiotics) that help break down food components and stimulate immune responses while keeping harmful microbes in check.
Why do we Need Them?
There is more than one reason why we need these little guys:
- Helps with gut function
- Boosts immunity - did you know up to 70% of your immune cells reside in your digestive tract.
- Provides nutrients such as Vitamin K2 which helps prevent osteoporosis
So, giving probiotics to babies only makes sense. The question then becomes “what type?”
Should You Give Probiotics To Your Baby?
This is where things get interesting…yes or no?! According to many medical researchers the answer is yes, but first an important consideration has been raised; not all strains of probiotics work for everyone including infants! Therefore their specific bacterial needs should always be evaluated beforehand by consulting with a Paediatrician otherwise using the wrong type/amount may cause adverse effects on different gender/age groups - this includes pregnant mothers!
Under What Circumstances Would You Give Probities To A Baby?
It depends...mainly on whether your baby was full-term or premature since each case requires different nutritional requirements . Preterm infants especially require personalized probiotic formulas due to their underdeveloped digestive systems and fragile immune system. According to studies, Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG or Bifidobacterium lactis BB12 or a combination of both have been the most beneficial for complimenting preterm infants’ poor intestinal health.
What are the Benefits of Giving A Baby Probiotics?
Research has shown that consuming breast milk infused with Lactobacillus fermentum can decrease infant allergies at 2 years old by up to 50%. Moreover, mothers who consumed probiotics during late pregnancy/breastfeeding have similarly immunized their baby's guts against issues like inflammation.
Probiotic supplementation helps regulate defecation cycles in young infants/children which in turn counteracts diaper rash occurrences.Bacteria fermentation offers immunity boosters that cover all corners from stimulating production of useful cytokines , protecting endothelial cells' surfaces etc. It also delivers anti-inflammatory goodness which is always ideal for babies whose developing bodies can't really deal with nasty infections easily.
Are There Any Safety Concerns?
Usually probiotics are safe for newborns as long as you follow these tips:
- Choose good bacteria strains such as Bifidobacterium lactis BB12/Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG
- Use appropriate recommended dosage on packaging
- Discuss with child’s pediatrician first before using
If your baby comes down with fever/diarrhea it's best not use any type of supplement, consult a doctor instead!
Overall, there seems to be some truth behind claims that probiotics benefit children – even babies! Whether full term or premature –a few doses might just improve your little one's gastrointestinal health (and therefore their overall wellbeing). However if considering purchasing supplements make sure they come highly recommended and certified risk-proof selections
Moreover,the mother should check into her own diet, since breast milk is the primary source of nutrients for a newborn. After all happy babies mean less crying (and more sleeping time)