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With approximately 70% of the body’s immune system residing in the gut, it makes sense to take care of your baby’s gut health from the very first day. Babies receive much of their gut flora from their mothers, when they are in the womb. When they pass through the vagina, they are introduced to the bacteria in the birth canal.
The balance between good and bad bacteria in the gut must be maintained for optimal functioning of your child's immune system and gut health. The most recommended way to support your babies wellness and body balance is by ensuring your baby consumes a probiotic supplement or fermented foods.
Recent research have also shown that there is strong relationship between brain and gut health. Ensuring that your baby has good gut microbes through food or supplements is vital.
Best Strains for Babies
High quality probiotic supplements as well as fermented foods contain numerous strands of probiotics. Probiotic strains each play an important role in gut health. Some of the top strains that are beneficial to your baby's body, growth and development are listed below.
An important microbe that has been linked to nutrient absorption and proper digestion, Bifidobacterium bifidum is among the first strains to colonize the gut. It is usually found near the intestinal walls and is known to defend against potential infant health issues such as eczema, diarrhea, constipation, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
Perhaps one of the most beneficial probiotic strains for infants and young children. Various studies have found that lactobacillus reuteri can reduce the instances of diarrhea in children, help treat colic in babies, and also curb respiratory disorders and tooth decay.
This gut microbe strain is most predominant in babies, hence the name Bifidobacterium infantis. As your babies grow, the prevalence of this microbe decreases. Some of this strains benefits include reducing inflammation, and supporting digestion and immune function.
The Best Probiotic Supplements for Babies
When it comes to choosing a probiotic supplement for your baby the options can seem endless. Our line of probiotics for babies was developed by a team of internationally renowned scientists and doctors that continuously research various probiotic strains and how they can be made even more effective.
Each LoveBug Probiotic for babies delivers a blend of probiotic strains that are tailor-made to fit your baby's gut health needs and features our patented and effective BIO-tract delivery technology. With our BIO-tract delivery system our probiotics are 15 times more effective than leading probiotic brands available today.
Your child's growing body requires different nutrients and gut health support. We've developed a range of probiotic supplements for your child from birth.
Tiny Tummies (0-6 months)
The first couple of months of your child's life are crucial for their physical and mental development. Our Tiny Tummies (0-6 months) probiotics, gives them the jumpstart that they need for maintaining the balance of healthy gut flora. When you give your child probiotics you support their immune system by introducing good gut bacteria from day one. This particular supplement contains three different strains of lactobacillus, and each dose of Tiny Tummies (0-6 months) has 1 billion active cultures. It is also very easy to feed this supplement to your babies – just open a packet and mix it into your infant’s bottle.
Tiny Tummies (6-12 months)
The amount of change that a baby goes through before hitting one-year old is exceptional. The digestive and immune system of your baby is still developing, which is why it is a good idea to support whole body wellness and gut health with a probiotic supplement for babies. Our Tiny Tummies (6-12 months) contains 4 billion active cultures in every dose, and uses our patented BIO-tract technology to ensure optimal delivery to your child's gut. With 5 strains of lactobacillus, this product is specially formulated for this age group. Because it is flavorless, you can mix it in any food and give it to your babies. There is no need to be worried about allergies because it is gluten-free, non-GMO, dairy-free and has no allergens.
Tiny Tummies (12 months – 4 years)
As your child becomes more mobile supporting good gut health is even more vital. Create a good foundation for the gut flora of your child by giving them probiotics during this age. Tiny Tummies (12 months – 4 years) contains 8 different strains of lactobacillus (including Lactobacillus GG) and each dose has up to 15 billion active cultures in it. This sugar-free, allergy-free and gluten-free probiotics have no flavor, which makes them easy to feed to even the most finicky eater by stealthily mixing it with other foods.
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