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Balance your bacteria for a healthier baby.
You’ll probably have seen the term probiotic on your favourite yoghurt. Probiotocs are "good" bacteria found in food and supplement form. You might also have come across them as an extra supplement you get when you or your child is on antibiotics.
They have been shown to play a positive role in immune regulation, the absorption of nutrients, and the treatment of diarrhoea in both children and adults. There’s also research that probiotic supplementation before and after birth can possibly reduce the incidence of asthma, allergies and eczema in children.
Eating probiotic yoghurts are a great way to keep your gut healthy. But not all yoghurts have them, so read the label before you buy.Probiotic suppplements
- Currently, there are only a few strains of bacteria that can be safely recommended as having beneficial, probiotic qualities.
- Many studies have confirmed the safety of the Lactobacilli strains. More specifically, Lactobacillus reuteri has been shown to be safe and effective in children who are malnourished or born prematurely.
- Another family of bacteria, the Bifidobacterium group, is also generally regarded as safe.
- Don't choose a supplement that only makes vague statements about AB cultures or good bacteria. Ask your pharmacist or doctor to recommend a good probiotic.