When you're raising a child, the amount of information that flies your way is astounding. Everyone has their two cents on how to bring them up, and boy, are they willing to share it! Old wives tales and friend-of-a-friend stories buzz around your head until you start legitimately worrying that if your kid swallows watermelon seeds they'll actually grow inside their tummy.
Adding to this is the endless stream of new and improved "superfoods" and fads that seem to zip in and out of the headlines. With all of this info, it can be difficult to sift through and discover a nugget of gold that'll help give your child the best start in life.
At Brauer Natural Medicine, we want to help you quieten the noise and discover gentle, natural ways that may provide additional support for your baby or child to grow big and strong.
As science has progressed, the spotlight has undoubtedly been shone on the relationship between your child's gut and their general health and well-being. Sure, most of us have heard about the benefits of eating a high fibre diet and the battle between "good" and "bad" bacteria, but what does it actually mean for your child?
Probiotics are living microorganisms that help balance the microflora (bacteria) in your intestines. And, while the human body contains its own natural supply of probiotic (good) bacteria, sometimes the ratio of good and bad bacteria can get out of whack.
When the good bacteria in your body is depleted, tummy troubles may occur.
If your baby or child is experiencing any digestive issues, your first stop should always be your friendly healthcare practitioner. Giving them an additional probiotic supplement along with their healthy diet might also be beneficial in restoring the balance within your kid's belly.
How may it help? By assisting healthy digestion and a healthy immune system.
Probiotic supplements for children and infants work to help restore the ranks of good bacteria within your kid's intestines. This influx of good bacteria battles it out with the bad bacteria, helping to reduce the growth of harmful organisms.
By increasing the number of good bacteria in your child's gut, you're playing a big part in aiding their little digestive systems. Probiotics may also help to break down and use some of the fibre they consume for additional benefit. Probiotics may also assist the process of absorbing essential nutrients.
It is this healthy growth of good bacteria that helps to give your child the best start in life - it also helps to support and strengthen their immune system!
Would you like to learn more about how to improve your child's microbiome and immune system? If so, you can find more information here.
Like any supplement, it's important that you always read the label and use only as directed. Depending on how old your baby or child is, the dosage may also differ - so be sure to have a good read before using it.
If they're little wiggle pots who don't take kindly to taking anything, feel free to sprinkle the probiotic powder over their meal, or put it into their formula after heating. You can mix in with water or milk. If you're breastfeeding, you can always mix a probiotic powder with a little breast milk and dab it around your nipple before feeding them.
Helping to Give the Best Start in Life
A gentle probiotic powder may help to support the healthy functioning of your kids’ digestive system and immune system.
Would you like to learn more about how probiotic supplements might help your children? If so, you can find more information here.
*Always read the label, use only as directed. If symptoms persist, see your healthcare professional. Vitamins can only be of assistance if dietary vitamin intake is inadequate.