Health Benefits of Probiotics to Young Children and Infants

Right after your baby is delivered, what you immediately check is his or her physical appearance for any sign of deformities in the legs, arms, fingers, and toes. In the following days, you continuously observe for signs of any health problem. This is because treating health problems earlier may prevent long-term health defects. Additionally, you strive to give proper care and nourishment to ensure normal growth and maintain her inner ecosystem.

A healthy inner ecosystem means that the environment of your baby’s gut flora is at its proper balance. Maintaining the health of the gut flora involves consumption of foods containing rich amounts of probiotics. These probiotics are live microorganisms that make up the gut flora; the most common strain that occurs in the human body is lactobacillus acidophilus. Such microorganisms are highly beneficial to any age group but it is particularly important to young children and even infants.

The moment neonates are delivered into the outside world, their guts are still sterile. It will take quite a while of exposure to contaminants before probiotics are formed into their intestines. Such formation is important for normal digestion, absorption of nutrients as well as the production of vitamin k, necessary for blood clotting. Probiotics are known to have numerous advantages to the different organ systems of the body. Here are some of their health benefits.

Digestive Benefits

It was found out that good bacteria can lower incidence of pediatric diarrhea as they help the stomach tolerate foods. Sufficient daily intakes of these microorganisms may also aid digestion of lactose in lactose-intolerant infants. They can also help in colic problems, and may prevent occurrence of necrotising enterocololitis (death of intestinal tissue), a gastrointestinal disorder common in premature babies.

Immune System Benefits

Probiotics for infants can help improve their immune system. They increase the immune response to infections such as by rotavirus which may lessen the duration of rotavirus-related diarrhea.

Skin Benefits

Likelihood of developing of atopic eczema, a skin disorder common in infants that are associated to other allergic disorders such as asthma, is significantly decreased.

Probitiocs could do wonders to the health condition of your baby. As proven by studies, it is safe to give them to babies the soonest possible time. You can start by feeding your baby gradually in small amounts using a dropper, three times each day. It should be 10-20 minutes before feeding so it can aid in the digestion of milk.