Jun 23, 2010
Posted in Child Health

Probiotic Foods for Kids: Gauging the Safety and Expediency Quotient

Parents should comprehend what probiotics are and how beneficial they are for the child’s health. Probiotic foods are a safe option to give children.

Probiotics is a generalized terminology employed for describing microorganism types (bacterial and even yeast forms) which are immensely favourable to the body. Though it might seem tricky to accept as true, but some bacterial forms are in fact beneficial to human-beings. Several bacterial and yeast forms are deemed as probiotics which are used either as food additives or consumed in supplemental form like pill or tablet. For instance, varieties like Streptococcus salivarius, Lactobacillis and Saccharomyces boulardi. Several yoghurt brands have listed in their labels ‘active bacteria culture’ which is another terminology employed given for probiotics.

Such bacterial forms appear to assist in myriad ways by creating a hostile environment for detrimental bacteria in the stomach. Moreover, there is mounting proof that probiotic foods could be helpful in some unrelenting intestinal conditions like IBD (inflammatory bowel disease). Latest research findings printed in the ‘Journal of Pediatrics’ have cited the apparently notable shielding effect presented by probiotics from a rather grave intestinal condition, necrotizing enterocolitis which could develop in preterm infants.

Other likely advantages associated with intake of probiotic foods comprise of improved condition of IBS or irritable bowel syndrome, eczema, allergy-related signs and symptoms, reduced oral cavity formations and also assist in eliminating foul breath problem.

Several individuals are of the thought process that probiotics are an exilir which aids in tackling varied infections though this has not been firmly corroborated. A research finding conducted in March noted that kids consuming yoghurt (runny form) on a daily basis had lesser ailment-related absenteeism as compared to kids who did not have an everyday intake of probiotics. Still probiotic foods intake does appear safe and has several well-corroborated advantages.

However, individuals with vastly impaired immune system have in fact fallen ill due to probiotics intake. In case an individual has immune system issue then seeking medical advice is imperative.

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