Do Kids Need Probiotics?
There is no denying that adults should take a probiotic for good health. From the gut to immunity, to memory and stress, probiotics have proven benefits. But what about children and babies? Lets first take a step back to the first time your child is introduced to bacteria (microbiomes) both good and bad. Children are first introduced to these little microorganisms in the
placenta, yup before their birth. Then, at birth, their gut becomes colonized based on mom’s bacteria as they pass through the birthing canal and into their new environment. By the time they are a year old, they have established their own unique bacteria profile. It changes again after the age of 3, at which time their gut bacteria become more adult-like. Then it changes again at puberty, in response to the hormonal differences that emerge between male and females. After this, it stays somewhat stable, and any changes that occur are dependent on their health, their food choices, the environment, stress levels, illness etc. Now, getting back to the children and their need for probiotics; considering the mother is responsible for their child’s first introduction to gut flora, if a mother has good gut health before, during and after her pregnancy, she has likely passed on some of the good stuff to her child. Thus, the opposite is true if mommy’s gut is unhealthy or she is taking antibiotics; the imbalance can be passed on to her new baby. This becomes even more important if the child is born through a C-section where they do not get a chance to pick up good bacteria in the birthing canal.
So, Yes or No To Probiotics for Kids?
It depends on the health of the mother’s gut and the health of your new baby. If your child has been on antibiotics, then taking a probiotic after the antibiotics is a good way to replenish their delicate gut flora. Other situations that can benefit giving your child a probiotic is if they are prone to illness, have infectious diarrhea or antibiotic-associated diarrhea, spend time in daycare, or spend periods in the hospital where infections tend to multiply. It is best to give your child a probiotic that is designed for their age group. Renew Life Kids Daily Boost Probiotic supports kids’ digestive health. It comes in a fast-melting powdered
formula with a delicious flavour and no added sugar. It can be given to kids 12 and under. They also offer Renew Life Kid’s Throat Defense Probiotic, a chewable formula that supports young immune systems, throat health, respiratory health and provides digestive support. Stick to the recommendations on the label and talk to your health care provider if you have concerns. Children with a comprised immune system or short bowel syndrome should avoid probiotics unless directed by a health care provider. Do not skimp or cheap out on brands, as the strains matter. Also, do not give them your adult probiotics. If you’re wary about your child taking a probiotic in supplement form, you can opt for foods that contain probiotics. Organic unsweetened yogurt and kefir are the best sources — just make sure the label says “live or active cultures.”

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