All over the world, about 1.7 billion children suffer from diarrhea (or loose stools) every year. It is supposedly, the second leading cause of death in children under five years of age. Infectious viruses and bacteria (e.g. Rotavirus, E. coli), are often the cause of loose, watery stools in infants & children and disrupt the balance of gut bacteria. But the good news is that, diarrhea is both, preventable and treatable. While diarrhea can throw microbes in the little guts off-balance, probiotics might help, when given early and along with oral rehydration and other treatments.
Help them feel better
If you are out to find a healthy solution for your little one’s tummy problems, try considering helpful microbes called probiotics. It has been researched that probiotics or “good” bacteria might help treat diarrhea by reducing the time period and frequency of loose stools. Probiotic supplements containing Lactobacillus have shown to shorten the duration of diarrhea in children and infants. Probiotics have been reported to help cut down diarrheal bouts by about 2 days. Strains of good bacteria that are likely to be helpful are Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG, Lactobacillus reuteri, Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium bifidum. A probiotic mix containing different bacterial strains might also be effective in relieving diarrheal symptoms in kids. Your Pediatrician can help you choose the right probiotic for your children.
Don’t let the little tummies suffer a lot. Offer them relief from frequent stools by choosing the right probiotic.