Last week we covered Probiotics in Pregnancy and touched on how supplementing babies can help reduce the incidence of eczema and other allergies. But what about other common complaints in infancy? Can probiotics help there too?
Let's look at some of the usual suspects: Colic is something that has troubled parents forever! The worst thing about colic is that we don't really know exactly what causes it. Having said that, anyone who has ever tried to comfort a colicy baby knows it's usually tummy trouble so trying a probiotic would make sense. A recent study now shows that introducing a probiotic has seen crying in infants fall by at least 50%.
Another nightmare for new parents is reflux. (Not to be confused with 'happy pukers' it's totally normal for breastfed babies in particular to guzzle a little too much and then puke out the extra. It's part of their self regulation and why there is now a link between breastfeeding and reduced childhood obesity. If baby seems fine after they vomit you've probably got one of these!) Probiotics can be helpful here too. An Italian study has shown that probiotics can increase gastric emptying and therefore decrease the frequency of regurgitation.
Constipation is also a common digestive problem in small children. Studies have shown that taking a probiotic can increase stool frequency and improve the consistency of stools. It has also been found to reduce the frequency of faecal incontinence and significantly reduce tummy pain. Severity and duration of boughts of diarrhoea have also been reduced by taking a probiotic. One finnish study found that the probiotics successfully colonized the gut and reduced the duration of watery diarrhoea usually associated with the rotavirus.
In the ProChild study children were given either a placebo or Proven's Fit for School probiotic for six months. Children taking Fit for School had:
If you would like to know more or to discuss your probiotic needs with Beverley our registered Nutritional Therapist just pop into the shop: Nourishing Insights, 44 St Andrew Street, Aberdeen, AB25 1JA.
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N. Bekkali et al. (2007) The role of a probiotics mixture in the treatment of childhood constipation: a pilot study. Nutrition Journal. 6(17)
M. Tabbers et al. (2011) Is Bifidobacterium breve effective in the treatment of childhood constipation? Results from a pilot study. Nutrition Journal. 10(11)
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I. Garaiova et al. (2015) Probiotics and vitamin C for the prevention of respiratory tract infections in children attending preschool: a randomised controlled pilot study. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 69 p.373-379.
Optibac for Babies and Children
£6.99 - £45.99
What's it for?
A natural supplement from OptiBac, for infants and children.
Who's it for?
For infants & children from birth to 12 years, and for pregnant & breastfeeding women.
Each sachet:Provides 3 billion live cultures + 0.75g of FOS fibres, guaranteed until end of expiry.
Fructooligosaccharides (FOS); Filler: potato starch; Live cultures (Lactobacillus acidophilus Rosell-52, Bifidobacterium infantis Rosell-33, Bifidobacterium bifidum Rosell-71).
Each sachet guarantees 3 billion micro-organisms + 0.75g FOS fibres.
ProVen Probiotics' Lactobacillus & Bifidus for Breast Fed Babies
ProVen Probiotics' Lactobacillus & Bifidus for Breast Fed Babies has been developed specifically for breast fed newborn babies up to 12 months of age to help establish intestinal and immune health. Proven to reduce the incidence of Asthma, Excema and other allergies. Probiotics can support colic, reflux, and constipation in infants.
ProVen Probiotics' Lactobacillus & Bifidus for Formula Fed Babies
It is now recognized that friendly bacteria are as important to infants and toddlers as they are to adults and establishment of a robust population of friendly microflora as soon after birth as possible is critical in supporting the development of healthy immune and digestive function. This microflora is influenced during pregnancy, childbirth and breast-feeding, but modern living conditions, which are more sterile and bacteria free, may inhibit or slow down the natural development of the normal flora. It can therefore, be useful to support this process in newborn babies.
ProVen Probiotics' Lactobacillus & Bifidus for Formula Fed Babies has been developed specifically for newborn babies up to 12 months of age to help establish intestinal and immune health in the first year of life. It contains the Lab4b group of four types of friendly bacteria, which naturally form part of the microflora population of infants.
The Lab4b friendly bacteria were used in the Swansea Baby Study of over 400 babies carried out over five years.
Fit for School Chewable Tablet
Coughs and colds are the most common illnesses in the UK, with adults suffering an average of 2-3 and children up to eight episodes a year. They are most common in the autumn and winter, peaking between November and March and present an issue for both children and parents in terms of time of school and childcare problems.
There is no cure for the common cold, the symptoms of which are usually caused by viral infections, meaning that antibiotics are not effective in treating them. The most effective way of helping to prevent coughs and colds is to support the immune system and friendly bacteria are increasingly being shown to help with this.
ProVen Probiotics' Fit for School chewable tablets have been specially formulated for children aged 4-16 years old to help maintain immune function and general wellbeing.
Developed as a chewable tablet with a delicious strawberry flavour to appeal to children, but with no added artificial colours, flavours or preservatives. The combination of 12.5 billion of the unique Lab4 Acidophilus and Bifidus friendly bacteria with vitamin C provides support for a child's general health and more specifically helps maintain immune function.
ProVen Fit for School was used in the ProChild study, which took place over six months and those children taking Fit for School saw a 30% reduction in absenteeism from school due to coughs, colds and other upper respiratory tract infections (URTIs). The study also found that the duration of coughs and colds was halved in the children taking Fit for School and visits to the doctor and consequently prescription for antibiotics was reduced by 43%.RECOMMENDED DAILY INTAKE: As a food supplement take one chewable tablet daily with food. Tablet to be chewed and not swallowed whole.
For Toddlers - friendly bacteria, multivitamins & prebiotic
ProVen Probiotics Lactobacillus & Bifidus with A-Z Multivitamins & Prebiotic for Toddlers has been developed specifically for infants from 12 months to 4 years of age to help maintain immune and intestinal function and general wellbeing.
Green People Sun Lotion
£18.50 - £21.00
Looking for a sun lotion without the nasties? The Green People have the answer!
MultiGuard For Kids
Tasty chewable vitamins and minerals for children aged 4-14 years
Elderberry Syrup is a delicious organic blend including Ginger and Thyme.
Elderberry juice, manuka honey 14+, trikatu and thyme, along with the other herbs in this syrup, have long been used to help support seasonal health.
This concentrated broad-spectrum syrup contains the highest organic grade, sustainably cultivated herbs, carefully selected to bring you the full potential of nature’s goodness.
And it is suitable for all of the family.
Lactobacillus & Bifidus for Pregnancy
Suitable for Vegans. Dairy Free. Gluten Free.
Fit for School Flavourless Sticks with vitamin C&D.
Jack N' Jill kids Toothbrush Compostable & Biodegradable
Rounded Nylon bristles (SOFT) for superior cleaning
Ergonomic handle made from 100% Corn Starch (Non GMO!)
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Jack N Jill Kids Toothpaste
Jack N' Jill Natural Calendula Toothpaste Strawberry Flavour 50g/1.76oz
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About Baby Massage
Massage is a fantastic way to help with your baby's development, both physically and psychologically.
Benefits for the Baby:
Bonding: Baby massage provides a quality, pleasure-filled time between parent and infant. Through massage parents will pick up on their baby’s cues as they react to your touch and begin to communicate.
Colic and Constipation: By helping with digestion and the movement of gas, colic and constipation can be lessened with massage.
Restlessness: As your baby becomes used to massage and what it means they can often be soothed and comforted. Some will even sleep after a massage!
Relieve pain or discomfort: Massage can cause a rise in endorphins helping to sooth babies and it can even help with teething too!
Benefits for the Parents:
Baby Massage is a highly practical and empowering skill that parents can use from day one.
Bonding: In the West, we have somewhat lost our way with touch. Learning Baby Massage can be a gentle way to incorporate touch into your relationship with your baby.
Communication: Touch is one of the first ways we communicate with each other. Before your baby can speak they can still react to your eye contact, voice and your touch during massage which you can pick up on. Touch is an essential form of communication for the health and development of any baby.
Confidence: Massage is great way to build confidence as a new parent as you learn a practical skill that can be used to calm and sooth your baby during the trying times (growing and teething) that they go through.
Fathers: Often Dads can feel a little left out when the baby arrives but massage is a great way for them to provide nurturing emotional care to their baby. It can also give mum some much needed time-out!
About the course
The course takes place for one hour every week for six weeks, teaching in small groups of around 6-8. It’s very informal and there is plenty of time to get settled, relax and for your babies to get ready for a massage.
Each week you will learn a new set of strokes to use on your baby. In week one we start by massaging the legs and gradually work up the body. Each week we go over what was done the week before to gradually build up the routine and allow your baby to get used to being massaged for longer periods at a time. By the end of the six weeks (with some practice at home!) you will have mastered a full body routine and a routine to help with colic.
The 6 week course costs £60 and includes massage booklet and a bottle of oil.
Classes can be given on a one to one basis over three weeks, get in touch for more information.
Classes can also be given prenatally to prepare you for your new arrival. If you would like more information about our prenatal one to one sessions please call me on 01224 969637 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
You can book online for one of our courses here.
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