Running, jumping, climbing trees... kids are always on the go! The world is one giant adventure and each day with them is filled with wonder.
So, when your little one gets run down or sick, it can be as scary for you as it is for them. And, while children's bodies are resilient, sometimes they might need a helping hand to get back to their usual fun-loving selves.
But what does the health of their tummies have to do with all of this?
Welcome to the Magical Tummy Tour
Scientists all around the globe are focusing more and more of the relationship between gut health and general well-being. The more they study it, the more they find! It's like the gift that keeps on giving. Let's unwrap the mystery together and find out why strong and healthy tummies are so important.
In the fight to help your kids grow up big and strong, probiotics are definitely one of the good guys. Don't let the "bacteria" thing get you down - probiotics are well and truly on our side.
Probiotics live happily and busily in the gut, helping with many day-to-day tasks. The immune system, the absorption of nutrients, the health of the digestive system - probiotics can help them all. However, our dear probiotics can end up in a turf war with the bad bacteria that also inhabit our tummies, or decide to plan a takeover. So, every now and again, the bad bacteria can wreak havoc, which might make your kids run down, sluggish or not their usual, regular selves.
When this happens, one of the ways you might help your children is to give them a probiotic supplement.
By giving your kids a probiotic supplement, you may help to support the ranks of good bacteria in their tummies, so they can go on fighting the good fight.
Here are a few ways that probiotics might make a difference to your kid's health and well-being...
Probiotics May Assist Digestive Health
When you think that 90% of your body's cells are live bacteria and many are living in your intestines¹, it's no wonder that probiotics can be the heroes our digestive systems deserve.
The bacteria living in our tummies play a vital role in how we digest our food and nutrients. So, by giving your child high quality probiotics, you can help to support their microbiome - giving them the ability to better absorb all the goodies they are munching on.
Probiotics May Help Support Your Child's Immune System
Getting good and proper nutrition is not only critical to your little one's healthy development - it's also paramount in helping support their immune systems.
Ever been to a playground or school room? They're a great space for fun - but the germs that merrily grow and thrive within them are anything but. While you're reaching for the hand sanitiser, dont forget that these germs can be busily kick starting your childs' immune response.
The key to this is the fact that roughly 70% of your kid's immune system resides in their little bellies².
The Gut Associated Lymphoid Tissue (GALT) is like the training base for immune cells. It teaches them what, when and how to fight off any nasty invaders. So, by increasing the amount of good bacteria, you can help your child to swell the ranks of the good guys and, as a result, help to steer clear of common ailments.
Using Probiotics After Antibiotics
Despite your best efforts, sometimes your little one will get sick enough for antibiotics to be needed. While these antibiotics might be necessary to help your child recover from their ailment, they often can have a negative impact on their sensitive, young tummies.
As antibiotics are designed to fight off bacteria, there can be a bit of "friendly fire" between antibiotics and the good guys. As a result, the healthy functioning of your kid's gut may suffer a little.
Giving your child probiotics during and after antibiotic use may assist with keeping their good bacteria happy while the medicine does its work.
Helping to Give the Best Start to Life
While we may never lay eyes on the little army of helpers inside our bellies, probiotics work tirelessly to help you and your family's bodies function as best they can.
Would you like to learn more about probiotics and how probiotics can help children? If so, you can find more information here.
¹Resta SC. Effects of probiotics and commensals on intestinal epithelial physiology: implications for nutrient handling. J Physiol 2009;587(Pt 17):4169-74.
²Vighi G, et al. Allergy and the gastrointestinal system, 2008 Clin Exp Immunol. Sep;150 suppl 1:3-6
*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.