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The infant gut microbiota has been shown to play an important role in shaping the human immune system. The majority of the microbiota in the human gastrointestinal (GI) tract develops during the first three years of life and is affected by the child’s exposure to different types of bacteria, for example during birth (whether vaginal or cesarean), and feeding (whether breastfeeding or formula).
Because most immune functions originate in the GI tract, the microbes to which children are exposed play a significant role in the development of their immune systems and future risk of disease. A healthy gut environment promotes the development and maturation of the immune system, and a balanced, diverse microbiota may lead to more efficient uptake of nutrients and less gastrointestinal discomfort.
An unbalanced gut microbiota, however, is considered an underlying cause of childhood immune and GI disorders. Treatment with antibiotics early in life changes the composition of the microbiota and may have a negative long-term effect on health. An underactive immune system may result in frequent infections, while a hyper-reactive system may result in allergies or even autoimmune disease.
Children are more prone to catch various infections compared to adults. For example, young children get 6-8 common cold episodes per year, compared to around 2-3 episodes in adults. Children also more often experience gastrointestinal issues, such as diarrhea and constipation.
Healthy children are every parent’s top priority. Balanced, stable gut microbiota lays the foundation for efficient immune response and a balanced, functioning GI system.
Infants, children, and adolescents can all benefit from health-supporting probiotics. Routine intake of probiotics may lead to fewer school absences and a reduction in the number of work days missed by caregivers.
Multiple clinical trials have shown that certain strains of probiotics can support children’s health. However, not all probiotics are the same, and even within the same species, different strains of bacteria may have different modes of action and unique effects. Probiotics offer safe, efficacious support for children’s gastro and immune health, with little risk of adverse events.
Probiotics from Probi may support children in establishing and preserving a well-balanced and diverse intestinal microbiota—the foundation for an efficient, healthy immune system and GI tract. Probi offers a comprehensive portfolio of probiotics, including strains backed by extensive clinical studies, which have been specially developed to support immune and digestive health in children.
Probi Rhamnosus 6594 has been clinically investigated in infants from 11 days of age, proven safe, and shown to support the gut microbiota. This strain survives in the GI tract, and may support the immune system of the growing child.
Probi Defendum® has safely been given to children from 1 year of age. Intake of Probi Defendum for three months has been shown to support a growing child's immune system and the impact of the common cold in children attending daycare. Learn more about Probi Defendum
Probi Digestis® has been safely administered to children from the age of 6 months. The probiotic strain Lactiplantibacillus plantarum 299v (LP299V®) has been shown to support digestive health. Learn more about Probi Digestis
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
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