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

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 fatigue.

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 helps us digest undigested fiber and convert it into useful chemicals. 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 pathogens.

There are two main types of probiotics available as a supplement, that also can be found naturally in fermented foods, those are:

Lactobacillus: This is a class of live bacteria is found in our gut, mouth, vagina, and also certain fermented foods. These "good bacteria" have been shown to inhibit a broad range of pathogens, which is crucial for the prevention and treatment of infections and for sustaining the microbial balance in the gut. Some studies that examined the association between supplementation with some Lactobacillus strains showed reduced frequency and duration of diarrhoea episodes and respiratory tract infections in children.

Bifidobacterium: A group of bacteria that colonize the gastrointestinal tract. Bifidobacterium has been demonstrated to house the gut microbiota of breastfed infants and to benefit baby's health by accelerating maturation of the immune response, improving the function of the intestinal barrier, and supporting immune system.

Probiotic sources for children

Yoghurt with (Live Cultures) is made from milk that has been fermented with bacteria, or you can opt for kefir, and although it can have a distinct sour flavour, several brands (like Actimel) offer flavoured versions like strawberry and blueberry (but better to choose from those that are unsweetened, since flavoured kefir might be high in added sugars as well, so choose wisely. Tempeh, sourdough bread, pickles, it all depends on how picky our little one is; there are options to choose from, so go for the one your kid would enjoy!


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!

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!

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. 

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