What Probiotics Can Do for Your Baby

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Probiotics are the “good” bacteria that play an important role in the human digestive system. Research shows that probiotics can provide a number of different benefits to your baby, both while she is still an infant as well as later on down the road.

Here are some areas in which probiotics may be able to help your baby:

  • Digestive concerns. There are certain probiotics, such as L. reuteri, that can help your baby with digestion. These are the type of bacteria that are naturally found in your digestive system. They aid in the absorbing of minerals as well as other nutrients. They also aid digestion. These kinds of probiotics can help your baby by balancing out his digestive system. He will process food in a more efficient manner. In some cases, probiotics can even be used to help control diarrhea, especially when that diarrhea is due to an antibiotic medication.
  • Keeping out harmful substances. Probiotics create a barrier for your baby’s digestive system. They help to block a number of different outside substances, including bad bacteria as well as allergens. This, then, allows the probiotics to aid your child with food allergies. Some studies show that probiotics may even be able to help delay or even prevent your baby from developing food allergy-related eczema.
  • Helping with Colic. In a number of different studies, babies who had colic were provided with drops of Lactobacillus reuteri. Those babies were two times as likely to stop crying when compared with the control group of babies who were given simethicone (a common anti-gas medication given to babies). This may be due to the fact that, apart from simply helping with gas, probiotics actually aid your baby’s digestive system in multiple ways.
  • Other health benefits. Research into probiotics is ongoing. There is some speculation that they may be able to help prevent or at least delay the onset of asthma. The more researchers look into probiotics, the more health benefits they are discovering.

Probiotics are a safe, natural way to help easy your baby, improve her health, and protect her digestive system.

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