The key to a healthy child is a strong immune system. When functioning properly, the immune system fights disease-producing organisms such as bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites.
All children are continuously exposed to these pathogens, but exposure does not mean a child will get sick. A strong immune system provides a child with powerful natural defences against disease. Conversely, a child with weakened immune system is vulnerable or more susceptible to cold, flu and more serious illnesses.
Researchers from John Hopkins University carried out a prospective, double blind, randomised, placebo-controlled study on 118 healthy infants aged 3-24 months old. Infants received a standard milk-based formula containing equal doses of beneficial bacteria or unsupplemented formula.
Another study proved that beneficial bacteria help children with diarrhoea. Rosenfeldt V. and his colleagues in Denmark found that beneficial bacteria ameliorated acute diarrhoea in hospitalised children and reduced the period of rotavirus excretion at the same time. This reduces the length of hospital stay.
They are taught to work by altering the microbial ecology in the intestine of the person who ingests them.
Protect your child with probiotics
There is no need to deny your baby the proven benefits of Probiotic supplementation; however, we live in an increasingly polluted world. Friendly bacteria are declining, while dangerous drug-resistant bacteria are increasing. All babies whether breast-fed or bottle-fed need the protection of friendly bacteria.
If you are a pregnant mother-to-be, heres a special reminder. Whether your child is born normally or by caesarian section, he or she will arrive clean, healthy and free of bacterial contamination as long as you are. The health of your unborn child begins within you.