Should my child be taking a probiotic? If you’re a parent of a young child, you may have already asked yourself this question. As an adult, we understand the health benefits of taking a daily probiotic – support for digestion and immune health. But do the benefits for adults translate to your child?
The answer is yes, and for reasons that may, but also may not, be so intuitive. Let’s take a look at the benefits of probiotics for young children.
Why Young Children Need Probiotic Bacteria
The reality is even newborns can benefit from probiotics. Often, mothers are given antibiotics during the birth process, sapping both mother and child of healthy bacteria in their bodies. If a child is born via C-section, the child misses out on the benefits of bacterial exposure during a vaginal birth. In either of these situations, providing probiotics to the infant can be beneficial.
The challenge is how to administer probiotics to such a young child. For that reason, the common age recommended for oral probiotics like Probulin’s My Little Bugs™ Total Care Probiotic is 4+. For most probiotics, the risk would be to avoid choking on capsules. My Little Bugs™ are chewables, which significantly reduces choking risk. But for safety, My Little Bugs™ also recommends consumption for ages 4 and up.
Benefits of Probiotics for Children
Children have less developed immune systems than adults. It is not uncommon for children to be on antibiotics multiple times at a young age. Even one-time usage of antibiotics can deplete the good bacteria in a young child’s digestive tract, leaving them more vulnerable to infection and sickness. If a child has been on antibiotics, providing them with probiotics makes good sense to support not just healthy digestion but overall immune health.
Research is showing us that the gut microbiome is not only vital for proper digestion and the dissemination of nutrients through the intestinal lining. We now know that there are important psychological and neurological benefits to a healthy digestive tract as well.
We know even very young children have persistent digestive issues and need immune support. A child’s modern diet consists of more processed foods relative to fruits and leafy greens, wreaking havoc on their developing digestive system. Children of all ages are, in many cases, challenged with increasing motility issues, are more sedentary, and have more stress in their lives than ever before.
For all of these reasons, now more than ever, children need good bacteria in their gut. And they can now get that in the form of a daily probiotic chewable for kids.
Even if everything seems normal, they benefit from daily support of their developing digestive & immune system. And it can be a great habit for the child and parent alike to take a daily probiotic!
Will I See a Difference In My Child?
For children with persistent digestive issues, it is quite possible you will see a difference in their stool and in the comfort associated with their digestive tract. But other indications, just like for an adult, may be less visible. What we do know is that a healthy digestive tract benefits many important areas of our overall health. And taking a daily probiotic, providing beneficial bacteria to the gut, is a proven way to support gut health – in both children and adults.
My Little Bugs™ from Probulin®
Now Probulin has introduced My Little Bugs™, a daily probiotic chewable for kids. And as a part of its new Total Care probiotic line, My Little Bugs™ includes the MAKTrek® 3-D technology, and includes beneficial prebiotics, probiotics, and postbiotics.
What is a Postbiotic? You’ve likely heard of a probiotic and even a prebiotic isn’t foreign to you these days. Postbiotics are key compounds created by the activity of the probiotics and help to support a healthy digestive system.
My Little Bugs™ probiotics are derived from organic fruits and vegetables. And as a part of the Total Care line, they provide a broad spectrum approach to supporting the microbiome.
The health benefits of a daily probiotic – for kids and for adults – can be significant. Now, with My Little Bugs™, both you and your children can feel good about being proactive about your health. And you can do it together as a parent and child activity!
Learn more about Probulin’s® My Little Bugs™ Total Care Probiotic For Kids here. And you can learn more about Total Care Probiotic For Adults here.