Intestinal health influences overall well-being. Study after study demonstrates this point and probiotics are useful for growing the healthiest gut. But how does this work for children?
Discussing gut health in children, Digestible gives you a conversation with John Deaton, vice president of science and technology at Deerland, and Dr. Jernej Dolinsek, who is part of the Gastroenterology and Pediatric Nutrition Unit of the University Medical Center in Maribor, Slovenia.
Deaton noted that nutritional supplements for children are not new, as most may think of these Flintstone vitamins. “There have been hurdles with nutritional supplements for children in creating a delivery form that they will take routinely, but jelly beans reduce those hurdles,” he said.
Some might wonder if it is safe for children to take probiotics. However, there have been studies on children. Dr. Dolinsek said, “The gut is the gut. It should be functional right after birth. The microbiomes have to adapt quickly and we know that children have some different reactions, as their immune system is still forming ”.
Deaton added that children often have digestive problems, including sensitivity to gluten and dairy products. “A balanced gut that has better bacteria can play a role in building a healthier one and bring a lot of benefits,” he said.
Dr. Dolinsek mentioned studies on the intestinal health of children, including those with illness and health. “The use of probiotic strains can change the intestinal ecology. This may make a difference, but the long-term effects are still unknown. We will have to follow the group of children from the studies to see what happens ”.
Overwhelming evidence suggests that probiotics are positive for children.
“Probiotics produce digestive enzymes to improve immunity. They can also help repair and recover tissue damage and help children better digest things like dairy, which they need for their growth, ”Deaton noted.
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