Should We Be Giving Our Little Ones Probiotic Supplements?

Probiotics may help to combat obesity

Child obesity is a real problem, with 42 million children under the age of five being overweight or obese in 2013. Unfortunately, we all know that losing weight is no easy feat. Probiotics can help your kids with this, though.

Recent studies show that those who consumed probiotics daily lost more weight than those who did not and kept it off, too. This can reduce your child’s risk of obesity, reverse their obesity and reduce their risk of high blood pressure and asthma.

Probiotics can reduce your baby’s eczema

…probiotic use can reduce your child’s eczema symptoms and can even prevent eczema in your child when taken during pregnancy.

It can be very distressing to see your young child covered in rashes and feeling uncomfortable. It’s also a burden on your wallet having to purchase expensive products in an attempt to ease your child’s condition. Fortunately, studies have found that probiotic use can reduce your child’s eczema symptoms and can even prevent eczema in your child when taken during pregnancy.

Probiotics may reduce symptoms of diarrhea

As a parent, you’re likely familiar with one of the most common childhood ailments: diarrhea. When your child has diarrhea, they’re uncomfortable and risk becoming dehydrated.

Instead of letting it run its course or spending money on medications (which may have other side effects), try probiotic supplements. Studies have found that the probiotic group, Lactobacillus, is effective in treating diarrhea in children.

Probiotics may reduce intestinal problems

If your child has irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease, probiotics can help to reduce their symptoms. Studies have found probiotics in certain supplements (including Align) may reduce kids’ abdominal pain, bloating, cramping and gas. They may also help to relieve constipation.

Probiotics may calm your infant

Studies have found that breastfed babies whose mothers consumed probiotics daily cried less than those whose mothers did not. You read that correctly, and the difference was quite significant, too. In one study, it was at least two hours less crying per day. You know what that means: more time for you to do the things you enjoy and less time spent stressing out.

Helen Sanders is chief editor at Established in 2012, Health Ambition has grown rapidly in recent years. Their goal is to provide easy-to-understand health and nutrition advice that makes a real impact. They pride themselves on making sure their actionable advice can be followed by regular people with busy lives. You can also connect with Health Ambition on Facebook and Pinterest

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