In a study conducted in the UK, researchers suggest that the routine use of probiotics have a preventative effect on necrotising enterocolitis (NEC) and late onset sepsis, in premature babies. They found the administration of multispecies probiotics significantly decreased risk and resulted in no safety issues.
Necrotising enterocolitis (NEC) remains a leading cause of mortality and morbidity in premature and very low birthweight infants. Although further research is needed to conclusively determine the relationship between probiotics and the reduction of NEC, this work highlights how gut microbiotia improvements can result in positive health outcomes.
Claire Robertson, George M Savva, Raducu Clapuci, Jacqueline Jones, Hassan Maimouni, Eleanor Brown, Ashish Minocha, Lindsay J Hall, Paul Clarke
When the delicate balance of a child’s intestinal microflora is altered by antibiotics, the occasional illness, or unbalanced eating habits, can lead to uncomfortable digestive upsets, nutrient loss, and mood imbalances one of the best ways to help your child maintain a healthy intestinal flora is by including probiotic-rich foods in their diet and giving them a daily probiotic supplement. This will help them maintain healthy intestinal populations of Lactobacillus, Bifidobacterium, Enterococcus, and Saccharomyces species, while lowering the number of pathogenic microorganisms found in their gut.
Maintaining a healthy intestinal flora will also benefit school age children by supporting their immune systems. A regular probiotic supplement has been shown to help reduce the number of sick days from school due to ear, nose, and throat, respiratory tract, and gastrointestinal disorders.