Probiotics and children
Probiotics are healthy and necessary for children. Find out what they do and why they're necesary.
Pumping bacteria into your child’s body probably doesn’t sound like a great idea but research suggests that probiotics can correct intestinal imbalance.
Good bacteria, bad bacteria
“In the human colon we find good bacteria, bad bacteria and viruses and parasites,” explains biokineticist Liz Myburgh from Centurion. “All are necessary for good digestion and must be kept within equilibrium of the other.
"Overproduction of yeast bacteria can lead to a decrease in immunity. It stimulates an allergic reaction in the body with the overproduction of mucus that leads to illnesses like tonsillitis, bronchitis, ear infections, asthma and eczema.”
What are probiotics?
Probiotics are helpful bacteria found in some foods like live-culture yoghurt and can be used to restore the balance in the gut. They are also effective in preventing and treating diarrhoea in children. They’re safe to take because they contain bacteria that are found naturally in the digestive tract.
Younger children can take probiotics through probiotic drinking straws or chewable tablets while older children can take them in capsule form. Speak to your doctor or pharmacist for more information on the right probiotic for your child.