Probiotics for Infant Immunity

Probiotics

Probiotics for infants are perhaps one of the most beneficial products that can be given to them in order to support the immune system and overall health.

How a baby’s gut is colonized

A baby’s first introduction to bacterial colonization is in the womb through the amniotic fluid. The quality of bacteria in the amniotic fluid depends on the quality of bacteria in the mother’s gut flora. During a vaginal birth a baby’s gut is further colonized by bacteria in the mother’s birth canal.

Once a baby has passed through the birth canal they spend the first few hours after birth with a permeable gut lining so that they can fully benefit from the nourishment of the mother’s first milk, called colostrum.

After these first few hours, a protective barrier begins to form on a baby’s mucosal lining. Beneficial bacteria and good yeast colonize in this mucosal layer and play an essential role in reinforcing this protective barrier. If the barrier formed on the baby’s gut lining is not effective enough, or lacking in good microflora, food and toxins leak into the blood.

Giving a baby beneficial bacteria soon after birth can ensure proper colonization of healthy microflora in their intestines, and prevent food allergies and immune system complications. Bioceuticals BabyBiotic is a good choice of hi quality probiotics suitable for 0-2 years.

Poor diet and lifestyle habits unfortunately mean that a large majority of mothers do not have optimal microbiomes, and this affects the overall health of their child. Babies who lack an abundance of beneficial bacteria at the beginning of their lives start life with painful gastrointestinal pain like gas, colic and reflux. They can also have infant constipation. They do not develop the necessary immunity and do not have the ability to cleanse out inherited toxins from their parents.

A healthy gut means a baby’s intestines have the proper balance of beneficial microflora (good bacteria and beneficial yeast). Microflora plays an important role in conquering pathogenic viruses, bacteria and yeast. This is nature’s way “vaccinating” a baby and building immunity for life.

Immune system Health

Eighty percent of the immune system resides in the gut. Babies who do not quickly develop a healthy inner ecosystem in their gut will have weakened immunity as a result. They are also more vulnerable to allergies and other more serious health problems. It therefore makes sense that sub-optimal gut flora can cause an ill functioning immune system. When gut bacteria isn’t optimal a baby’s immune system is not optimal either. That means a baby will be more likely to catch colds and flus, suffer with allergies and contract other illnesses.

Probiotics for Infants

Probiotic supplements are a perfect way to ensure that a baby is getting adequate probiotics. However, not all probiotic supplements available are good quality or contain multiple strains of probiotics or a high enough quantity of any given strain.

The reason that it is important that a supplement contains multiple strains of probiotics rather than one single strain on its own is because each strain has an affinity for different parts/areas of the digestive tract and performs different functions. Therefore in order for the supplement to work on the whole digestive system, a multi strain product needs to be used.

Bioceuticals BabyBiotic is a multi-strain probiotic containing

  • Bifidobacterium animalis subsp. lactis
  • Bifidobacterium breve
  • Bifidobacterium bifidum
  • Lactobacillus rhamnosus
  • Lactobacillus fermentum

A product such as Bioceuticals BabyBiotic with all the multiple strains of bacteria it contains could possibly help both babies and infants with the following; Earache, allergic rhinitis, asthma, respiratory infections, respiratory allergies and urinary tract infections and many more health concerns.

Each strand of probiotics can be beneficial for babies. Listed below are some of the more important ones to look out for when choosing a probiotic supplement.

Bifidobacterium Bifidum is one of the first strains to colonize a baby’s intestines and adheres to the intestinal wall better than other strains. It continues to be an important bacterium for digestion and nutrient absorption. It may help with infant skin conditions like eczema and yeast infections. It may also help with infant digestive issues such as IBS, constipation, diarrhoea, and also lung infections.

Bifidobacterium Infantis is the strain that is most prevalent in infants and declines as we age. It helps with overall health and digestion and most importantly it can reduce inflammation and support immune function.

Bifidobacterium animalis supplementation may have an impact on the development of the immune system in prematurely born infants. It decreases intestinal permeability and supports the re-colonization of the intestinal microbiota therefore enhancing the immune response. It helps with respiratory tract infection, supports bowel function, reduces crying, fussiness and irritability in infants and helps to alleviate symptoms of skin irritation.

Two other probiotic products that are good for infant immunity are as follows:

Life space probiotic powder for infant

Scientifically formulated with multiple different strains of premium quality beneficial bacteria. Life-Space probiotics encourage good bacterial diversity to support optimal health and wellbeing.  Probiotic strains in this product include:

  • Lactobacillus rhamnosus
  • Bifidobacterium animalis ssp. lactis
  • Bifidobacterium infantis
  • Bifidobacterium breve
  • Lactobacillus reuteri

Ethical nutrients inner health for kids

Inner Health for Kids is a dairy free probiotic supplement providing 13.5 billion live bacteria which are beneficial for children’s digestive and gut health.

  • Lactobacillus rhamnosus
  • Lactobacillus acidophilus
  • Bifidobacterium lactis

What about mum?

Lastly it is important at this stage to also remember the health of the mother.  A probiotic for mum, Ethical Nutrients Inner Health plus, is suggested for optimal digestive health and BioCeuticals ArmaForce to help mothers with overall immune health.

ArmaForce is a comprehensive formula combining the herbal and nutritional ingredients andrographis, echinacea, olive leaf, vitamin C and zinc. It has been scientifically formulated to provide relief of symptoms and decrease the duration of upper respiratory tract infections and colds. ArmaForce supplies nutritional support for healthy immune function.

Practitioner Products are available by recommendation from your health care provider.