Probiotics for Children: How to Boost your Child's Gut Health

Probiotics for Children: How to Boost your Child's Gut Health

Your child's gut bacteria play an essential role in developing and maintaining mental and physical health and reducing the risk of illness in adulthood. 

At the time of birth, the baby's intestines are completely sterile, and the first bacteria begin to colonize during breastfeeding and alter drastically within the first two years of life. It is believed that up to four to five years of age, a child's microbiome remains flexible, and thus it is a great time to help boost your child gut health and build a strong microbiome.

Exposure to antibiotics, feeding type, hospital environment, and prebiotic/probiotic play significant roles in the variability of the microbial community at the early age of life. Thus, dysbiosis and any dysfunction in the intestines can lead to inconvenient digestion, abdominal pain, poor absorption of nutrients, decreased immunity and susceptibility to infections, poor sleep, crying, mood swings and general fatigue.

Therefore, it is vital to maintain a healthy gut microbiome in your child and contribute to its further alternation as the child grows up.

 

Feed your kid's gut!

You may have heard about the use and benefits of probiotics in adults but are wondering if they are good for children as well.

Undoubtedly yes! Probiotics are the "good bacteria" that live in the intestines and help us digest food. The human body microbiome is made up of harmful bacteria, fungi, and viruses, and probiotics can help maintain the balance of beneficial bacteria and gut health by fighting off disease-causing microbes.

There are two main types of probiotics available naturally in certain foods and supplements:

Lactobacillus: This is a class of live bacteria found in fermented foods. These "good bacteria" are beneficial for people who have problems with lactose intolerance and help with occasional bouts of diarrhoea in children.

Bifidobacteria: A group of bacteria that normally live in your intestines and stomach. They help your body perform important functions like digestion and neutralizing harmful bacteria.

 

Probiotic sources for children

Children are generally advised to obtain probiotics from natural products.

Foods containing probiotics include kefir, yoghurt, kombucha sauerkraut, kimchi, tempeh, sourdough bread, pickles. 

Although these foods are known to be a rich source of good bacteria, most of them might be too "heavy-to-digest" for children. VitaBiotic Kids Premium ™ from Novo Vita is a clinically tested supplement of lactic acid bacteria and other beneficial bacteria for children, which contains about 10 billion carefully selected bacterial strains to build and maintain the healthy gut of your little ones!

VitaBiotic Kids Premium ™

Support the gut of your little ones with this probiotic supplement by Novo Vita that contains 4 different bacterial strains per stick, including Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus strains all of which are found naturally in the intestine.

Our advanced dosage has a nice berry taste and quickly dissolves on the kid's tongue, making it easy for your child to consume it and enjoy a pleasant sweet taste!

*Talk to your doctor before giving any supplements to your child, including probiotics. 

Find this product here: https://novovita.dk/products/vitabiotic-kids-premium?_pos=2&_psq=kids%20&_ss=e&_v=1.0

References:

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/320303125_Probiotics_in_Children_What_Is_the_Evidence

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/329223724_Development_of_the_Gut_Microbiome_in_Children_and_Lifetime_Implications_for_Obesity_and_Cardiometabolic_Disease

https://www.thelancet.com/pdfs/journals/ebiom/PIIS2352-3964(21)00268-1.pdf

https://www.unicef.org/media/60806/file/SOWC-2019.pdf

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