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Probiotics for children - when and why to use them?


The solution to frequent children's illness is not to avoid viruses and bacteria at all costs, because it can't be done, but to strengthen immunity. How to achieve this goal? One of the ideas are probiotics for children, which are given to children to protect against infections. Is it true? When is it worth using them and what benefits can be achieved with their participation?

What are probiotics?

Probiotics are microorganisms, so-called good bacteria, which care for the internal balance of the body. By colonizing the digestive system, especially the large intestine, they have a positive effect not only on efficient digestion, but primarily on the functioning of other systems in the body, including the work of the immune system.

They allow you to avoid the negative effects of adverse substances (e.g. putrefactive bacteria or yeast from the genus Candida), which under the influence of the changed environment in the digestive system (e.g. unhealthy diet or stress), grow excessively and disturb the internal balance, while weakening the entire body.

Where do bacteria appear in children's intestines?

The good composition and amount of intestinal bacteria has a direct impact on our children's immunity. Immunity comes from the intestines, as evidenced by the latest research results.

Newborns are born in this regard as blank cards. Their intestines are free of bacteria, and only during the passage of time they are colonized. The first such possibility appears during childbirth through the ways of nature (when the mother passes her bacteria to the child), then the baby gets another large portion of good bacteria during breastfeeding.

Recent research results have shown that In mother's milk there are probiotics and many other ingredients that determine immunity. Manufacturers of replacement mixtures are doing everything to catch up in terms of composition of mother's milk, adding modified probiotics to milk, but their efforts are still insufficient. Independent researchers make it clear that you'll never be able to match the perfection of natural breast milk.

The composition of the intestinal microflora is also affected daily diet, ability to manage stress and treatment in case of infection. Antibiotic administration has a very negative effect on the intestines. Rebuilding the intestinal microflora after antibiotic therapy it can take up to 6 months!

Why use probiotics for children?

Unfortunately, modern research results are not clear. It is still checked when and to what extent probiotics for children are helpful.

Some results are promising and some experts strongly recommend giving probiotics to the child in the case of:

  • acute diarrhea
  • colic and bloating,
  • prophylactically and therapeutically for atopic dermatitis,
  • relief of pain in irritable bowel syndrome,
  • autoimmune diseases,
  • chronic constipation
  • Crochn's disease
  • relieving celiac disease

Is preventive administration of probiotics for children advisable?

There is no agreement among scientists whether it is worth giving children preventive probiotics, for example, to minimize the symptoms of chronic diseases (another situation concerns the administration of probiotics during antibiotic therapy, after which the child is deprived of any bacteria. The administration of probiotics is then necessary!)

On the one hand, probiotics for children will not harm, on the other, their long-term administration should be preceded by an examination of the intestinal bacterial microflora. Why? Scientists indicate that the composition of bacteria in the intestine is so sensitive to any changes that it is worth treating it with caution. All attempts to interfere in its structure can have the opposite effect to the intended one. It is difficult to predict what the effects of this treatment will be ...

It seems that a much better idea than giving probiotics in a synthetic form is to enrich your child's diet with natural probiotics, e.g. silage, yogurt, buttermilk, curd, kefir.