All babies experience some form of gastrointestinal distress from time to time, and up to 30% experience infant colic.4 Research suggests that probiotics may have a protective effect in the digestive tract, along with improving microbial colonization in early infancy.4*
Supporting balanced gut microbiota in children starts with a balanced diet. Here are some tips for parents to try:
- Limit sugary and processed foods, which can have detrimental effects on gut microflora.
- Serve children yogurt with live active cultures.
- Try adding some fermented foods to the family diet, including kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi, pickles, and apple cider vinegar.
- Prebiotics containing inulin fiber support a healthy gut microflora. Well known sources of prebiotics are Jerusalem artichokes, green bananas or plantains, jicama root, and asparagus.
- Consider a probiotic supplement. Supplementation of the probiotic Bacillus coagulans, in particular, has been shown to maintain host microbiota homeostasis, aid digestion, and promote gut health.6*