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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F.Indrio et al. (2011) Lactobacillus reuteri accelerates gastric emptying and improves regurgitation in infants. European Journal of Clinical Investigation. 41(4) p 417-422.
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)
A.V. Shornikova et al (1997) Bacteriotherapy with Lactobacillus reuteri in rotavirus gastroenteritis. The Paediatric infectious disease Journal 16(12) p 1103-1107.
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.
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 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
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Looking for a sun lotion without the nasties? The Green People have the answer!
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.
ProVen Lactobacillus & Bifidus for Pregnancy
Suitable for Vegans. Dairy Free. Gluten Free.
Fit for School Flavourless Sticks with vitamin C&D.
BetterYou MultiVit Junior Vitamin Oral Spray
Specially formulated for children, BetterYou MultiVit Junior Oral Spray combines an expert blend of 14 essential nutrients to provide complete nutritional support for your child’s health and wellbeing.
Suitable for vegetarians
BetterYou DLux Infant
BetterYou DLux Infant Vitamin D Oral Spray is gentle formulation of coconut oil and vitamin D, specially formulated for children from birth to 3 years.
Suitable for vegetarians
The Good Stuff
In the mad rush of family life, many parents find themselves too busy to cook and rely increasingly on shop-bought convenience foods to get everyone through the day.
Drawing on 20 years of clinical practice, top child nutrition expert Lucinda Miller shows how vital it is that we reverse this trend and bring back home-cooked food as a mainstay of family life. She offers a series of simple steps that will help your child build a positive relationship with food and have huge benefits for their long-term health and wellbeing.
From Crunchy Lemon Chicken Goujons to Brain-Boosting Pancakes, there are recipes to suit all ages, from toddlers to teens, and they come with useful nutritional notes, as well as clever swaps for the main food allergens.
When you know the tricks, home cooking does not need to be time-consuming or expensive. Lucinda’s recipes are quick to prepare and most of the ingredients should be easy to include in your weekly shop.
Follow her approach, and you will begin to see a change in your children. They will lose their sugar cravings, have more energy, sleep better, have better concentration and be much less likely to gain unwanted weight.
Stronger™ Protective Blend
Featuring Cedarwood, Litsea, Frankincense, and Rose in a gentle and convenient format combined with Fractionated Coconut Oil, this uniquely supportive blend is perfect for sensitive skin and provides a sense of resiliency when needed most. Litsea, one of the main ingredients in Stronger, helps to keep skin healthylooking and clean. The bright and uplifting aroma of Stronger is refreshing to the senses and works as the perfect blend for daily resiliency or when you are not feeling your best. With the blend of wood and floral oils, Stronger works as the perfect every day skin health essential oil blend.
Part of the doTerra kids range.
BioGaia Protectis baby drops
BioGaia Protectis baby drops is a probiotic food supplement containing the patented lactic acid bacterium Limosilactobacillus reuteri (formerly known as Lactobacillus reuteri) Protectis (L. reuteri DSM 17938) that helps the good microorganisms keep a natural balance in the gut.
Important: Shake well for 10 seconds before each use to mix the bacteria culture with the oil. We recommend to give the drops by spoon. Do not add to hot drink or food as this may damage the live bacteria.
Sunflower oil, medium chain triglyceride oil (palm kernel) and L. reuteri DSM 17938.
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