Nature’s probiotics are safe to use from infants right through to adulthood and has numerous health benefits. In this article we explore 20 powerful effects that probiotics can have on your child.
1. In a trial testing the treatment of probiotics for persistent diarrhoea in children, it was found that “stool frequency was reduced with probiotics in two trials, where one trial reported shorter hospital stay” (Cochrane Database, 2010).
2. A study (Zhongguo Dang Dai, 2010), suggested that probiotics reduces the risk for infantile eczema.
3. “The administration of a probiotic mixture… was associated with significant improvement in children with AD [atopic dermatitis],” (Am J Clin Dermatol, 2010).
4. According to a study (Nutr J, 2007) the frequency of bowel movements increased from week two of administration of a probiotic mixture in constipated children.
5. Necrotizing enterocolitis, seen in premature infants where portions of the bowel undergo tissue death, saw a reduction in the incidence and severity of the illness.
6. If you were to supplement children who are fed formula with a probiotic mixture, it could significantly reduce events such as antibiotic use and diarrhoea and so on.
7. If you’ve been dosing your children with probiotics and synbiotics (nutritional supplements combining probiotics and prebiotics) for a relatively long time, the incidence and severity of respiratory disease could be reduced during winter months.
8. You can also fight the severity and incidence of the common cold with probiotics.
9. Probiotics can be effective in the treatment of Klebsiella infection – bacteria which can cause destructive changes to human lungs.
10. The administration of prophylactic probiotics could decrease infant mortality and “Feeding intolerance and duration of hospitalisation were decreased in premature infants” (Pediatrics, 2012).
11. Probiotics shows potential to regulate immune functions in children with allergy diseases.
12. Probiotic S.boulardii may be effective in reducing E.coli colonies and could aid in the prevention of urinary tract infections (although more study is necessary in the latter). (Pediatric Neprhol, 2006).
13. Breast milk contains probiotic strains that are far superior to antibiotics in the treatment of inflammation of the breast tissue (mastitis).
14. Probiotics is as effective as antibiotics in children with persistent primary VUR (vesicoureteral reflux), which can be described as the reversed movement or urine, where urine does not follow the normal route of travelling from the kidneys via the ureters to the bladder, but rather reverse the urine flow.
15. Probiotics decreases the frequency of regurgitation in infants and accelerates gastric emptying (emptying of the stomach).
16. Probiotic intake can regulate the immune system in women who recently delivered and were breastfeeding (BR J Nutr., 2008).
17. 70-year-old studies already proposed that “emotional states might alter the normal intestinal microflora” (Gut Pathog., 2011). This gut-brain-skin theory was confirmed recently, revealing that taking probiotics can be involved in reducing acne.
18. According to a study published in June 2009 (Br J Nutr.) “Data suggest that probiotics may offer a safe means of reducing the risk of early acute otitis media and antibiotic use and the risk of recurrent respiratory infections during the first year of life.”
19. “Probiotics prevent IgE-associated allergy until age 5 years in caesarean-delivered children” (J Allergy Clin Immunol., 2009).
20. A study revealed that “Feeding synbiotics to newborn infants was safe and seemed to increase resistance to respiratory infections during the first 2 years of life.” (Pediatrics, 2008).