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Why should I give my baby probiotics?

Why should I give my baby probiotics?

Why should I give my baby probiotics40% of all newborn babies are likely to suffer the discomfort of wind or colic in their first few weeks of life. This unwanted statistic goes up to 70% after a Caesar birth.

Why is this?

Many baby health professionals are now conceding that these symptoms – crying, wriggling, squirming, grunting, pulling up the legs and clenching the fists, disturbed sleep patterns – are the result of immature gut.

Babies are born with very little “good” and “bad” bacteria in their gastrointestinal tracts and there is a great deal of evidence to suggest that the use of probiotics will support immune function, decrease allergies and help to build the digestive system.

Many babies are slow to build their individual Microbiome which is the bacterial community that lives within and on their bodies. It is absolutely crucial to have high levels of beneficial bacteria for this community to function effectively.

Breastfeeding provides essential nutrients for growth and specific probiotic strains necessary for healthy digestion, immune system development and neurodevelopment.

In some mums the breastmilk probiotic levels may be compromised by the use of antibiotics during pregnancy, birth and lactation. This could be the reason why such a high percentage of babies develop colic symptoms following a Caesar birth.

Probiotics containing Lactobacillus Fermentum CECT5716 isolated from human breast milk have hit the market and is producing remarkable results.

Adult versions of the probiotic can be taken by mums during pregnancy and lactation and, if taken for the first 12 months of the baby’s breastfeeding time, may help to lay the foundations for healthy infant development, digestive function and nervous system and immune function.

There is also an infant product which is designed for supplementation of bottle fed babies who do not receive direct probiotics contained in breast milk.

All mums want to give their babies the best possible start in life and this is definitely something new to consider.

About The Author

Gai Williams

Gai Williams is a pharmacist who specialises in baby reflux and colic. She operates Willby's, a wind and colic hotline that offers free support and advice for the thousands of mums trying to cope with crying colicky babies. Our FREE advice hotline is 1300 79 42 32 and you can ring Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.

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