Probiotics. There’s been a buzz about them for many years. It seems like most people I know are using them to help promote optimal gut health for themselves and their children.
According to Harvard Medical School, “since the mid-1990s, clinical studies suggest that probiotic therapy can help treat several gastrointestinal ills, delay the development of allergies in children, and treat and prevent vaginal and urinary infections in women.” A pretty impressive resume for these bacteria!
I admit I’ve been late to the probiotics party—we’ve never used them in our family, and were skeptical at first.
When my first daughter was born she had some bouts of gas and digestive issues, especially in the first few weeks of her life. We used comfort measures—tummy massage, leg pumping, nursing—to help alleviate any discomfort.
With my second daughter born this autumn, my husband and I did more research into probiotics, and following the recommendation of our paediatrician and a nutritionist decided to purchase an infant probiotic. Anything that could potentially help mitigate the discomfort of gas or tummy issues in babies is worth investigating!
If you go to any big-name grocery store or pharmacy the shelves are lined with various probiotic products. It can be overwhelming. You want to pick only the best and most suitable for your child. In our research and through word-of-mouth we came across BioGaia. We were reassured by the fact that their ProTectis Baby drops are evidence-based and backed in science, and approved by Health Canada. The drops have been proven to soothe common tummy issues in newborns and older babies including regurgitation, occasional constipation and infectious diarrhea, and also help to prevent and reduce colic. I have friends who use only BioGaia and swear by their products.
My 2 1/2 month old has been on them for a few weeks now and she hasn’t had any digestive issues—no constipation, no regurgitation. It’s hard to say for a fact whether this is directly related to the probiotics—she’s been such an easy-going, well baby since birth—but we feel we’re giving her the best start possible and this includes her gut health with the introduction of probiotics.
As a side note, the drops are so easy to administer—via a spoon or I drop them directly onto my nipples when nursing.
Also, the BioGaia ProTectis Baby drops are free from artificial colours and flavours, GMOs, preservatives, dairy, soy, peanuts and other tree nuts, sesame, egg, fish, wheat and sulphites, giving us peace of mind that we’re exposing her to only the highest-quality ingredients.
If you have a little one at home with tummy issues, give probiotics a try. It just might make all the difference.