• Are Probiotics Really Healthy for your Kids?

    Are the so-called “good bacteria”, otherwise known as probiotics, safe for your kids? Read on to learn more.
  • baby eating spoonIn recent years, yogurt has become a common dessert alternative among Pinoys. Just take into account the sheer number of yogurt-selling establishments across the metro. And why not? Research has shown the many benefits that yogurt’s properties provide.

    Probiotics, for instance, also called “good bacteria”, are defined by the World Health Organization as “live microorganisms, which, when administered in adequate amounts, confer health benefits on the host.” A known component of yogurt, probiotics can also be found in other sources such as yogurt, milk, miso, soy drinks and more.

    What exactly are the advantages of probiotics for children? And is it even safe for kids? While giving probiotics to them may not exactly be harmful, it really isn’t that beneficial either, a study says.

    Probiotics have a substantial amount of live microorganisms to help change what makes up someone’s gut bacteria and are said to help in treating and preventing diarrhea, but the effects aren’t noteworthy, according to experts.

    Past studies, for instance, have looked at the effects of probiotics on gut disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome. Irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, is characterized by abdominal pain, cramping, constipation, bloating and diarrhea. However, a recent study published in the journal Pediatrics shows that probiotics does not help relieve kids of any symptoms and discomfort.

    On the other hand, studies in recent years have shown how probiotics may possibly prevent pathogen infections causing diarrhea. In 2005, 200 babies between 4 to 10 months old were given probiotics for 12 weeks. Those that were given probiotics had a lower incidence of diarrhea (0.37 days) versus those that had no probiotics (0.59 days).

     

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