Healthy Gut, Healthy Child
Did you know that 80% of your child’s antibody-producing cells are located in the gut? That’s right. The gut isn’t just for processing food. The gut is also home to trillions of microbes that help defend the body against diseases. That’s why your child’s gut health is incredibly important.
Why Are Microbes And Bacteria Important?
A child that is exposed to the right gut bacteria from birth may have a stronger immune system growing up. A strong immune system means that your child will be less likely to get sick. Depending on how healthy your child’s gut is will affect their health both now and in the future.
How Do I Know If My Child’s Gut Is Healthy?
If you’re concerned about the health of your child’s gut, here are two symptoms to look out for:
If your child has round, cracked or hard stools, has difficulty going to the toilet, or only goes to the toilet less than twice a week, he or she may have constipation. This can sometimes be caused by a change in diet, like when your child starts complementary feeding or if your child is not eating a healthy, balanced diet.
When your child defecates more than 3 times a day with fluid stool. These symptoms are often caused by a viral or bad bacterial infection and can be triggered by an imbalance of good and bad bacteria in the body.
How Do I Help Make Sure My Child Has Enough Good Bacteria?
Adding probiotics into your child’s daily meal plan and general diet can help create a healthy balance of beneficial and harmful bacteria within the gut.
Some examples of probiotics include
• Lactobacillus rhamnosus
• Lactobacillus reuteri
• Bifidobacterium lactis
• Bifidobacterium longum
Probiotics are available in a variety of foods. Look out for foods that contain strains of Lactobacillus reuteri probiotics, which help increase the number of
beneficial bacteria in the gut. When it comes to planning meals for the week, plan a balanced diet that is packed with probiotics to ensure your child has a healthy tummy and a