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What You Need to Know About Probiotic Drops

 

By Dr. Ted Jablonski, family physician

Thursday, May 24th, 2018

More and more, we’re hearing about the health benefits and importance of probiotics. Did you know they’re just as important for babies as they are for adults?

There are over 500 different kinds of bacteria that live in our digestive tract and contribute to the health of our immune system. Probiotics are live, safe microorganisms found in food that can provide certain health benefits such as improved digestion and absorption of food and nutrients[i] (when taken in adequate amounts). These “good” bacteria help to keep the microflora in your intestines balanced. Often, people will supplement their diet with probiotics to prevent cramping, gas, infections in the digestive tract and diarrhea caused by antibiotics.[ii]

Womb to World

When babies are in the womb, they are provided with all the support, nourishment and protection they need. Once they’re brought into the world, they start to rely on their own immune system to help shield them from sickness and infection.

A baby’s immune system is strengthened through mother’s breast milk which contains probiotics. When baby comes into contact with probiotics, those good bacteria continue to live in their digestive tract – a normal and necessary process in baby’s growth. Probiotics support the development of a healthy gut flora and the immune system. There are certain types of bacteria, such as Bifidobacteria, that make up most of the bacteria found in the gut of healthy, breastfed babies.[iii],[iv]

More information about Bifidobacteria

One common type of Bifidobacteria is Bifidobacterium lactis or B.lactis. This strain is safe and effective, and can help to:

B lactis is also recognized by Health Canada as a probiotic that contributes to baby’s healthy digestive tract flora.[xiv]

Ask your doctor

When considering effective sources of probiotics for your baby, it’s important to speak with your doctor. Ask them about options, such as Nestlé® Good Start® Baby Probiotic Drops with B. lactis, to help support your baby’s immune system.

This article has been sponsored by Nestlé Baby, but all comments and opinions are my own.

All trademarks are owned by Société des Produits Nestlé S.A., Vevey, Switzerland and used under licence.  ©2018 Nestlé.

Dr. Ted Jablonski, MD, CCFP, FCFP

Dr. Ted Jablonski is a Calgary-based family physician. He completed his medical education at the University of Manitoba and has practiced and taught medicine in rural Manitoba, Northern Saskatchewan, and Northwestern Ontario. In addition to his duties as a family physician and educator, Dr. Jablonski is a clinic associate at the Men’s Sexual Health Clinic at the Southern Alberta Institute of Urology and does consultant work in sexual and transgender medicine for Southern Alberta.


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[ii] HealthLinkBC. Probiotics. Retrieved from: https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/health-topics/tw2302spec. Accessed on April 19, 2018.

[iii] Saavedra JM. Nutr Clin Pract 2007;22:351–65.

[iv] Yoshioka H, et al. Pediatrics 1983;72:317–21.

[v] Mohan R, et al. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr 2006;45:E36–7.(abstr)

[vi] Mohan R, et al. J Clin Microbiol 2006; 44:4025–31.

[vii] Fukushima Y, et al. Bioscience Microflora 1997;16:65–72.

[viii] Kirjavainen P, et al. Gut 2002;51:51–5.

[ix] Mohan R, et al. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr 2006;45:E36–7.(abstr)

[x] Fukushima Y, et al. Int J Food Microbiol 1998;42:39−44.

[xi] HD, et al. JPEN 2012;36(1 Suppl): 106S–117S.

[xii] Stratiki Z, et al. Early Hum Dev 2007;83:575–579.

[xiii] Marchand V, Canadian Paediatric Society, Nutrition and Gastroenterology Committee. Using probiotics in the paediatric population. Paediatrics & Child Health 2012;17(10):575; reaffirmed February 26, 2015

[xiv] Government of Canada. Accepted Claims about the Nature of Probiotic Microorganisms in Food. April, 2009. Available at: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/label-etiquet/claims-reclam/probiotics_claims-allegations_probiotiques-eng.php. Accessed on April 19, 2018.

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