Boosting Your Child's Immune System with Probiotics for Kids

Boosting Your Child's Immune System with Probiotics for Kids

Children’s health and immune systems are of paramount concern in today’s world, particularly with the rise of various infections and diseases. These children, who are still developing both physically and immunologically, rely heavily on a strong immune system to protect them from a wide range of pathogens, including bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites. 

The immune system comprises a complex network of organs, cells, and proteins that work together to identify and eliminate pathogens while distinguishing them from the body's own healthy tissues. In children, whose immune systems are still developing, maintaining a strong immune response is essential for fighting off infections and promoting overall health.

One key aspect of bolstering children's immune health is through probiotics. Probiotics are live microorganisms, primarily beneficial bacteria, that provide health benefits when consumed in adequate amounts. These "good" bacteria help maintain a balanced microbial environment in the gut, which plays a critical role in immune function. By enhancing immune and digestive health, probiotics reduce the risk of illnesses and promote overall resilience against infections.

Understanding Probiotics

What are probiotics?

Probiotics are live microorganisms that are intended to have health benefits when consumed in adequate amounts. These beneficial microorganisms are similar to the “good” bacteria that naturally reside in the human gut and play essential roles in maintaining digestive health and supporting the immune system. With more than 500 different kinds of probiotics species, the most common types include strains of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium

Probiotics can be found in:

  • Certain fermented foods: Yoghurts, cheeses, kimchi, kombucha, miso and pickles
  • Certain unfermented foods: Milks, juices, smoothies and cereals have added microorganisms
  • Dietary supplements (in capsules, powders, liquid, and other forms) 

How does probiotics work?

When it comes to maintaining a healthy gut, probiotics play a crucial role in supporting gut health and immune function:

1. Restoring Balance to Gut Microbiota: 

The human gut contains trillions of bacteria forming a complex community known as the gut microbiota, which plays a crucial role in digestion and immunity. When there is an imbalance in the microbial community, probiotics introduce beneficial bacteria that can outcompete harmful ones, restoring the balance 

2. Supporting Digestive Health 

Probiotics adhere to the gut lining, creating a barrier that prevents harmful pathogens from colonising and causing infections. Additionally, some probiotic strains produce enzymes that help break down food components, improving nutrient absorption and digestion.

3. Enhancing Immune Function

Probiotics promote a healthy immune system by modulating the activity of immune cells, enhancing the production of anti-inflammatory cytokines, and suppressing pro-inflammatory cytokines. They strengthen the intestinal barrier function, preventing harmful substances from the gut from entering the bloodstream.

Probiotics for kids

While probiotics have numerous health benefits for all age groups, there are differences between probiotics used for adults and children. 

Different Probiotic strains

Since kids have developing bodies and immune systems, the strains of probiotics for kids are usually limited to strengthening their immunity and promoting healthy digestion, such as Bifidobacterium infantis. In contrast, adult probiotics cater to mature digestive and immune systems in fully developed bodies, such as Bifidobacterium bifidum and Lactobacillus GG. 

Potency of Probiotics 

While probiotic supplements given to kids are mild and have lower CFU (colony-forming-units) counts appropriate for their smaller and developing gut microbiota, the probiotic supplement of adults is more potent and has higher CFU. 

Type of Supplement

Probiotics for kids are typically available as a liquid, a chewable tablet, or a powder that can be mixed with their food for easier consumption. Additionally, artificial sweeteners and flavouring are added to make them more appealing to kids' taste buds. In contrast, probiotics for adults are usually in the form of capsules or tablets.


Benefits of Probiotics for Kids' Immune System

Enhancing Immune Response

Probiotics play a crucial role in boosting the body’s natural defences. The gut is home to a large portion of the body’s immune cells, and a healthy balance of gut microbiota is essential for a well-functioning immune system. Probiotics can stimulate the production of antibodies, enhance the activity of immune cells, and help modulate inflammatory responses. This ensures that the immune system responds appropriately without overreacting, which can cause tissue damage.


Reducing the Frequency of Common Illnesses

Several studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of probiotics in preventing recurrent common illnesses such as colds and flu and gastrointestinal infections in children. Furthermore, probiotics can also reduce the duration and severity of common illnesses. 


Alleviating Allergy Symptoms

Probiotics are useful in easing symptoms of allergy in children. They can help modulate the immune system's response to allergens and reduce inflammatory responses associated with allergies which reduces the severity of allergic reactions. A healthy gut barrier can also prevent the entry of allergens into the bloodstream, thereby reducing the likelihood of allergic reactions.


Choosing the Right Probiotics for Kids

When it comes to choosing the right probiotics for children, it is essential to consider their specific health needs. The developing bodies and immune systems of children benefit from a combination of different strains, including Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifidobacterium infantis, and Streptococcus thermophilus. 

  • Lactobacillus acidophilus: Maintain a healthy balance in gut microbiota, support the digestion of lactose, and enhance the absorption of essential nutrients. Reduce the risk of respiratory infections and allergies in children.
  • Bifidobacterium infantis: Maintain a healthy balance in gut microbiota and improve digestive health. Reduce the risk of colic and diarrhoea.
  • Streptococcus thermophilus: Supports the digestion of lactose and inhibits the growth of harmful bacteria.

 

LactoKids+ Probiotics 60’s

Specially created for kids aged 0 to 12, LactoKids+ has 10 billion active probiotics to boost your child’s immunity and build a strong digestive system.

STRAINS: Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus plantarum, Lactobacillus rhamnosus, Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus paracasei, Lactobacillus fermentum, Bifidobacterium bifidum, Bifidobacterium longum, Streptococcus thermophilus 

BENEFITS

  • Specially formulated to help boost immunity, with Vitamins (B1, B2, B5, B6, B9, D3), Colostrum, Calcium and Iron
  • Improved digestion, stronger stomach and helps relieve stomach upset 
  • Help support a strong immune system and replenish good bacteria 
  • Helps relieve eczema 
  • Noltec double coating ensure 90% of strains delivered into gut 
  • Convenient, comes in powder form, designed to be quickly sprinkled on the tongue, on food or in a drink.

DOSAGE: 

Build & support immunity:

Infants from birth to 3 years old: 1 sachet daily

Kids 3 years and above: 2 sachets daily.


Relieves stomach upset:
Infants from birth to 3 years old: 1-2 sachets daily

Kids 3 years and above: 3-4 sachets daily.

Do not take with drinks/foods that are hot/warm. Best taken after breakfast.


Lactomin Advance+ Probiotics 30’s

Designed for adults and kids above 2 years old, Lactomin Advance+ comprises 5 unique strains which work together to help the host aid better digestion, immunity and help relieve stomach problems. 

STRAINS: Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus plantarum, Lactobacillus rhamnosus, Bifidobacterium longum, Streptococcus thermophilus 

BENEFITS

  • Specially formulated to help boost immunity with Vitamins (B1, B2, B5, B6, B9, D3), Iron
  • Improved digestion, stronger stomach and helps relieve stomach upset
  • Reduce gas and stomach bloating 
  • Help support a strong immune system
  • Noltec double coating ensure 90% of strains delivered into gut 
  • Yoghurt flavoured
  • Convenient, comes in powder form, designed to be quickly sprinkled on the tongue, on food or in a drink 

DOSAGE: 

Build & Support Immunity:

1 sachet, after meal.


Relieves stomach upset:
Adults: 3-4 sachets daily

Kids (2 years and above): 2-3 sachets daily.

Do not take with drinks/foods that are hot/warm.

 

Vivomixx Kids 

A high potency probiotic, Vivomixx Kids contains a special blend of 8 strains of live bacteria to help maintain the balance of intestinal flora for children 2 years old and above. 

STRAINS: Streptococcus thermophilus, Bifidobacterium breve, Bifidobacterium longum, Bifidobacterium infantis, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus plantarum, Lactobacillus paracasei, Lactobacillus delbrueckii subsp. Bulgaricus 

BENEFITS

  • Defends against diarrhoea, constipation, bloating, and irritable bowel syndrome 
  • Cookie flavoured  
  • Convenient, comes in powder form, designed to be quickly sprinkled on the tongue, on food or in a drink 
  • Does not contain any gluten, soya, pork, beef or artificial ingredients.

DOSAGE: 

For children and teenagers: 1-2 sachets daily 

Do not take with drinks/foods that are hot/warm.

 

Vivomixx Probiotics Drop with Vitamin D3 10ml 

Containing at least 100 billion lactic acid bacteria and bifidobacteria, Vivomixx Probiotics Drop with Vitamin D3 is the best formula for babies and young children. 

STRAINS: Streptococcus thermophilus, Bifidobacterium breve, Bifidobacterium longum, Bifidobacterium infantis, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus plantarum, Lactobacillus paracasei, Lactobacillus delbrueckii subsp. bulgaricus 

BENEFITS

  • Defends against diarrhoea, constipation, bloating, irritable bowel syndrome and other gut-related issues
  • Vitamin D3 support the immune system, bone health and muscle strength
  • Comes in liquid suspension, it is easy to consume and works well with small children 
  • Does not contain any gluten, soya, pork, beef or artificial ingredients.

DOSAGE: 

0.5 to 1 ml per day 

Can be added to formula milk, water, non-carbonated drinks or other cold liquids

 

LactoGG Probiotics - Lactobacillus GG 30’s

.                                                Capsules                                       Sachets

Packed with a minimum of 20 billion CFU per capsule, LactoGG Probiotic provides relief for a variety of symptoms for infants at any age, even reducing the risk of infections in premature infants. 

STRAINS: Lactobacillus rhamnosus 

BENEFITS

  • Improves and balances gut health 
  • Has bio-therapeutic benefits that defend against the spread of bacterial infections 
  • Provides strong and fast relief from acute diarrhoea and constipation 
  • Does not contain any gluten, soya, pork, beef or artificial ingredients.

DOSAGE: 

Capsule 

Adults: 1 capsule daily, Babies and children**: Half or 1 capsule daily 


** You can pull the 2 halves of the vegetable capsule apart and pour out the powdered contents. Mix the powdered contents with your baby's food, milk or water and let your baby consume it. 


Sachets 

Babies and children: 1 sachet a day

Adults: 1-2 sachets a day.

Do not take with drinks/foods that are hot/warm.

 

Lacteol Fort Probiotics 100’s

         
 
                          
                                                                                                                                                             Sachets                                                                  Capsules 

 Providing instant and effective relief from acute and chronic diarrhoea, Lacteol Fort Probiotics has the Lactobacillus acidophilus LB Strain 10 billion which spreads good bacteria into the stomach for stronger gut health. 

STRAINS: Lactobacillus acidophilus 

BENEFITS

  • Provides instant relief from acute and chronic diarrhoea
  • Promotes healthy gut and prevents Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Traveller’s Diarrhoea
  • Spreads good bacteria into the stomach to promote better gut health 
  • Provides effective relief from indigestion 

DOSAGE: 

To be taken at the first sign of diarrhoea 

Capsule 

Children: 2 capsules immediately, followed by 1 capsule twice a day

Adults: 4 capsules immediately, followed by 2 capsules twice a day 


Sachets 

Infant: 1 sachet twice a day

Children: 1-2 sachets immediately, followed by 1 sachet twice a day

Adults: 2 sachets immediately, followed by 1 sachet twice a day 

The 2nd dose can be taken 6-8 hours after the first dose. 



Lifestyle Tips to Boost Your Child's Immune System

A strong immune system in children is fostered through a combination of a nutritious diet, regular exercise, adequate sleep, and effective stress management. Incorporating these lifestyle tips alongside probiotics can significantly enhance your child’s overall health and immune function. 

  1. Nutritious diet: A balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats can provide essential vitamins and minerals that support immune function. Encourage drinking plenty of water and minimise the intake of sugary snacks and processed foods. 
  2. Regular exercise: Encourage daily physical activity, such as playing outside, riding bikes, or participating in sports. Exercise increases blood circulation, which helps immune cells move through the body more efficiently.
  3. Adequate sleep: Ensure your child has a consistent sleep schedule and gets the recommended amount of sleep for their age group. 
  4. Stress management: Teach relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, mindfulness and spend quality time with your child, engaging in activities they enjoy and providing emotional support. 

By adopting these practices, you provide a solid foundation for your child's well-being and resilience against illnesses.

Boost Immunity with Probiotics for Kids Now! 

Childhood is a time of constant development and a child’s digestive and immune system is established during the first few years of their life. Introducing probiotics into the body at an early stage is thus an important step for the digestive and immune health of your child. While probiotics are beneficial, it's crucial to adopt a holistic approach to boosting your child's immune system which includes a nutritious diet, regular exercise, adequate sleep and stress management. 

If you would like to know more, feel free to reach out to your healthcare professional or drop a Whatsapp text at +65 9484 3356 for our friendly Glovida pharmacist to see if probiotics are suitable for your child today!

 

 

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