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Probiotics for Children

Posted on April 11, 2011

In a world obsessed with finding ways to kill various microorganisms, it’s odd to think that some of them may actually be beneficial and even necessary for healthy living. Probiotics are “good bacteria” that may aid digestion, prevent certain infections, and prevent or reduce the severity of diarrhea. They can be used to complement the good bacteria that is already present in the body or those that can be obtained from eating certain foods that contain living cultures of good bacteria.

Many people think that probiotics are just for adults, but there are several choices now available for children. Probiotics for children are available in both powder and capsule form. Powdered probiotics can be mixed with formula, fruit juices, water or other non-carbonated drinks. They can also be added to apple sauce and other soft baby foods. Probiotics in capsule form are usually small and easy to swallow.

There are many reasons that children should take probiotics. Just like adults, children can benefit from good gastrointestinal health. The immune systems of children are constantly being challenged. The good bacteria provided by probiotics help to naturally displace the bad bacteria, thereby supporting a child’s natural defense systems.

According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, probiotics may be effective in treating diarrhea, especially diarrhea from rotavirus. Rotavirus is the most common cause of diarrhea in children under five years old. According to one clinical perspective documented by the U.S. National Library of Medicine, probiotics could be effective in the treatment of acute infectious diarrhea in children and the prevention some other forms of diarrhea.

Any parent can tell you how difficult it is to comfort a child with diarrhea. Keeping a child hydrated with fluids is extremely important during this illness. Parents should consult their pediatrician if symptoms worsen or do not improve. Fagen Pharmacy offers several choices of probiotics for children that may be helpful in preventing or reducing the severity of diarrhea. You can stop by your favorite Fagen Pharmacy location or shop online for probiotics for children at

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