Benefits of probiotics for children
From birth through to early childhood, the development of the digestive system and immune system are rapid and crucial to overall health and wellbeing. The health and development of the beneficial bacteria populations of the gut, known as the ‘microflora’, is vital during this time.1
A range of bacteria is introduced from the mother to her infant at birth, as well as from the external environment, including food, in the months and years following birth.
While this process is a natural one, the influences of modern life (such as poor diet, exposure to harmful bacteria or the use of antibiotics) has the potential to affect these beneficial bacteria populations.
As a result, a probiotic supplement can be a useful tool in certain situations and as your child gets older to encourage a healthy balance of gut flora and support your child’s general health and wellbeing.
We can all use a little extra support for our gastrointestinal system health from time to time – and kids are no exception. Adding a probiotic to their daily routine can help to maintain gastrointestinal system health so they can get on with the business of being a kid.
From sneaking an extra cup of spinach into their morning green smoothie, to giving them vitamin C every winter – you’re always making that extra effort to support your child’s health. Adding a probiotic to the routine is another excellent way to support the health of the gut flora.
- Moore, R.E. & Townsend, S.D. Open Biol, 2019;9(9):9190128.