Looking for a safe and effective probiotic to maintain and improve your baby or child’s health?
You’re not alone.
Probiotics are becoming more and more popular and for good reason. They offer a host of health benefits, from boosting our immune system to improving digestion. But with so many options on the market, it can be tough to know which probiotic is right for your family.
In this post, we’ll talk about the benefits of probiotics and help you figure out which one is best for your little one. But first… let’s dive into the basics.
What are probiotics?
Probiotics are live microorganisms that live in our gut. They are healthy bacteria that help to restore the natural balance of good bacteria in our gut, which can be helpful for improving digestive and immune health.
Did you know? There are different strains of probiotics, and each probiotic strain has specific beneficial effects on our bodies. The four most common probiotic species are:
- Saccharomyces boulardii
Why do babies and children need probiotics?
While probiotics are beneficial for people of all ages, they are especially important for babies and children. This is because the gastrointestinal tracts of babies and children are still developing at such a young age and they are more susceptible to infections.
The Top 3 Probiotic Benefits for Your Little One
#3: Better Gut Health
Not only do probiotics support good gut and digestive health in babies, it also provides relief to common stomach issues such as gassiness, constipation and diarrhoea.
Gassiness can be a real problem. Not only is it painful for your baby, it can also lead to lots of crying and discomfort.
A key to reducing gas and bloating in your baby is increasing the number of probiotics in their gut.
Probiotics are good bacteria that restore the microbial balance (balance of good and bad bacteria) in your baby’s gut. It also helps babies digest their food more easily, which could lead to lesser instances of fussiness and bloating due to gassiness.
Better digestion also brings about better absorption of nutrients, ensuring a comfortable, gas-free and healthy baby.
Besides medical treatment, probiotics may help a constipated baby. A study has found that babies taking probiotics had considerably more healthy bowel movements than babies who were on placebo.
Probiotics help reduce the severity and provide relief of diarrhoea as they maintain your baby’s gut flora, in turn, supporting the proper functioning of their digestive system.
#2: Stronger Immunity
Gut bacteria play a vital role in the healthy development of a child’s immune system. From birth, our immune system is activated when it meets good bacteria in the birth canal.
With 70% of our immune system located in the digestive tract, it makes perfect sense to look after your child’s gut health consistently, right from a young age. It’s never too early to start adding a probiotic supplement to your family’s daily routine.
Consuming probiotics daily helps restore balance to your child’s digestive system, in turn boosting their immunity and overall wellbeing, so you can have a peace of mind knowing your little one is healthy, strong and happy.
#1: A Potential Remedy for Colic
Parents of young babies know all too well the challenges that come with trying to soothe a colicky baby.
A few minutes of hearing your baby’s cries could seem like an eternity, let alone more than an hour of crying per day.
Fortunately, probiotics can be a helpful tool in the fight against colic.
While the exact cause of colic is unknown, evidence suggests that babies suffering from colic and reflux often have lower levels of good bacteria and increased concentrations of undesirable bacteria in their digestive tracts.
A recent study revealed that when infants with colic receive a specific strain of probiotics (*Bifidobacterium, BB-12®), they cried for 1 hour and 20 minutes less per day and had on average five less crying episodes each day.
*Bifidobacterium is one of the first natural bacterial colonisers present in babies when they are born.
How do I pick the best probiotic for my baby or child?
When choosing a probiotic for babies and children, it is important to choose one that is safe and effective. With that in mind, always follow these four simple rules:
1. Is the probiotic safe?
Look for a probiotic containing a strain that has been used and tested in extensive clinical trials in different countries showing positive results.
2. Is the probiotic effective for babies and children?
Choose one that has supporting research showing its benefits on children and infants’ immunity, gut health and colic.
3. Is the design of the probiotic baby or child-friendly?
Choose one that comes in the form of a liquid probiotic drop. These are much easier to administer, especially to a crying and fussing baby and can be easily added to food and drinks.
4. Is the probiotic recommended by the Paediatrician?
Be sure to check with your child’s doctor before giving them probiotics.
Are there probiotic supplements with Bifidobacterium?
Yes, there is! This probiotic is now available in the form of BioDrop, a clinically proven probiotic drop formulated with BB-12® to help you manage infant colic effectively.
Apart from being useful for babies, BB-12® is also extensively used by medical professionals for the management of gut and immune health across all ages, from pre-term infants to elderly.
However, as with all kinds of health supplements, it is best to speak with your family’s physician first, before adding any probiotics to your baby or child’s diet.
BioDrop: The World’s Most Well Researched Probiotic Bifidobacterium BB-12®
Want to set a foundation for a strong, happy and healthy baby?
BioDrop ticks all the checklists when it comes to safe and effective probiotics for your whole family.
✅ Contains BB-12®, the world’s most documented probiotic Bifidobacterium that targets both gut and immune health
✅ Extensively studied with around 400 scientific studies and over 200 human clinical trials
✅ Clinically proven live probiotic drops for gut and immune health of all ages including preterm infants
✅ Free of common allergens such as gluten, eggs, soybean, nuts, peanuts, milk, fish and shellfish
✅ Neutral taste suitable even for picky taste buds
✅ Convenient once-daily dosing at 6 drops per day
✅ Integrated dropper makes it easy to add to food or drinks
✅ Used widely by Paediatricians with good physician and patient feedback
Where can I get BioDrop?
You can find BioDrop in local pharmacies in Ng Teng Fong General Hospital (NTFGH), Raffles Hospital (RH) and selected clinics.
Visit BioDrop for more information.
Just For Mums: Let’s Get Intimate
Ladies, it’s time we start talking about our most private body part – our vagina.
Because vaginal health is important and shouldn’t be a taboo topic. Did you know that vaginal scent can affect our health, lifestyle changes, diet and sex?
In a 2019 survey of 1,000 women, even though 65% of females felt insecure about their vaginal scent, most (46%) of them didn’t talk about it with anyone. Furthermore, 3 in 5 women said they avoided sexual intimacy because they lacked confidence in their vaginal scent.
But you don’t have to feel this way.
Excessive discharge, fishy smell or itchiness in your vagina is simply your body’s way of telling you that something is not quite balanced. There is nothing embarrassing or ‘wrong’ about it. These are common symptoms of an imbalanced vagina flora, which can be fixed with the right urogenital probiotics.
Here’s where Pro-Uro™ comes to your aid.
Pro-Uro™ contains the world’s most documented probiotic combination (GR-1® & RC-14®) for women’s intimate health so that you can be and feel your most confident!
These two patented strains of probiotics in Pro-Uro™ have been clinically proven to maintain a healthy balance of vaginal microflora and help manage common urogenital infections such as bacterial – Bacterial Vaginosis (BV), yeast – Vulvovaginal Candidiasis (VVC) or Urinary Tract Infections (UTI). GR-1® & RC-14® probiotics are naturally found in the reproductive system of healthy women and have been clinically tested on pregnant ladies.
Widely used by Obstetricians and Gynaecologists for over 15 years, Pro-Uro™’s GR-1® & RC-14® have been shown in multiple clinical trials to prevent the recurrence of these common urogenital infections and support optimal vaginal health.
As with any other health supplement, always speak with your doctor or pharmacist first before use.
Pro-Uro™ can be found at pharmacies in KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH), Ng Teng Fong General Hospital (NTFGH), National University Hospital (NUH), Singapore General Hospital (SGH), selected clinics and Guardian pharmacy stores.
This post is supported by Miraco Nutripharm.
By Michelle Ang.
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