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L. Acidophilus for Kids

Probiotics are touted as being beneficial for adults, but researchers have found that probiotics may also benefit children. They are beneficial for children’s digestive and immune health. They are also used in addressing specific digestive conditions like diarrhea and constipation.

 

Deciding on the right probiotic for your child depends largely on their needs. It's important therefore to talk to your health care provider about probiotics before giving them to your children. There are numerous probiotic supplements for kids available on the market today. A few of the strain that you can see listed on the label include:

  • Bifidobacterium
  • Saccharomyces
  • Lactobacillus, particularly Acidophilus

 

What is L. Acidophilus?

 

  1. acidophilus is a probiotic that exists naturally in the body. It is primarily found in the intestine. These bacteria help the digestive system break down sugar into lactic acid. It’s also present in a variety of foods and is widely available as a dietary supplement, both for kids and adults. It provides a wide range of health benefits, including:
  • Promotes stronger immune system
  • Supports healthy digestive health
  • Reduce occasional digestive imbalances
  • Promotes healthy bacterial growth

 

Most adults take acidophilus to treat conditions like:

  • Eczema: Helps reduce the occurrence of eczema in infants, young children, and adults
  • Bacterial vaginosis: Effective in treating vaginal inflammation
  • Certain types of diarrheas: Supplements with this strain can reduce diarrhea, bloating, and cramps due to harmful bacteria like difficile.
  • Lung infection: acidophilus can reduce the number respiratory infections in both adults and children.
  1. acidophilus has been used as an alternative treatment for diarrhea in children with rotavirus. It’s also effective against diarrhea in children caused by antibiotics, travel, and chemotherapy. It may also treat the following conditions in children:
  • Colic in babies
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Lung infection
  • Stomach flu
  • Bacterial vaginosis among teens
  • Skin problems like eczema
  • Allergy to milk such as lactose intolerance
  • Chron’s disease
  • Overgrowth of bacteria in the intestine
  • Vaginal yeast infection due to antibiotics

Other uses not supported by research include:

 

  • Urinary tract infections
  • Lyme disease
  • Common colds
  • Cold sores

 

How should I give L. acidophilus?

 

When considering giving probiotic supplements to children, it’s best to seek the advice of your children’s pediatrician. If you’re given the go signal, use it directly as instructed or as directed on the package. Do not use more than the recommended dose. Supplements with this strain are typically available as powder, liquid, and chewable tablets.

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