It seems like everywhere you look these days, people are talking about probiotics. But what about their effects on toddlers? Are they worth it?
I was at the pediatrician recently for my son’s virus (and resulting diarrhea), and as a result he had one of the worst diaper rashes ever. I felt so bad for him! One of the things that my pediatrician recommended was a probiotic, so I decided to give it a shot.
Sure enough, his rash cleared up once he was better, I wondered how much of that was due to the probiotic. After all, I was also using another product that I just recently heard helps with diaper rash - Domeboro tablets for the bathtub. But more on that in a later post.
The American Academy of Pediatrics defines probiotics as “oral supplements or food products that contain a sufficient number of viable microorganisms to alter the microflora of the host and has the potential for beneficial health effects.”
In normal English, it means that probiotics stimulate the “good” bacteria in your digestive system, which in turn can help boost your immune system, protect against harmful bacteria that can cause infections, and improve your digestive system.
Probiotics also help your system break down proteins and fats in your digestive tract, which can be especially valuable for children who are fighting an illness. Antibiotics kill off both good and bad bacteria, so probiotics help fill that gap.
In addition to helping build & rebuild toddler’s immune systems, probiotics can help treat colic, reflux, IBS, constipation, colitis, asthma and allergies. They also relax the digestive tract, something that helps immensely with potty training.
Although most experts agree that more research is needed for the long-term benefits of probiotics, they seem to agree that it shouldn’t hurt to take them, and they will hopefully help.
As always, talk to your pediatrician if you decide to give probiotics to your children, as there are several strains out there.
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