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What is a Probiotic? Why Should I Start My Baby On Them?

From the moment that we find out we are pregnant, we become parents. We do  everything in our power to create a safe environment for our babies to grow and mature. Many of us take prenatal vitamins before we know we are pregnant, to ensure the safe development of the brain and spinal cord. But what many parents don’t know is that even after our babies are born, their organs are still developing. During the first six months, your newborn’s digestive tract will continue to develop as it creates the enzymes necessary to breakdown food. Similarly, the immune system is not fully mature until about four or five years old. There is quite a bit of research that indicates that starting your newborn on Daily Probiotic Drops can help promote good digestion and a healthy immunity. Today, I am going to discuss what a probiotic is, the health benefits, and why to consider giving a probiotic to your newborn.

What is a probiotic? 

A probiotic is a “good” live bacteria that when administered in adequate amounts has shown to have health benefits. This bacteria already lives in our digestive tract, helps with digestion, and is thought to help promote immunity.

What is probiotic used for? 

In medicine, we are typically trying to treat “bad” bacteria with an antibiotic, so it is hard to imagine that a bacteria is good for us. All of us have “good” bacteria in our digestive tract that is necessary for proper digestion. Sometimes our good bacteria gets depleted, for example, when we get a stomach bug or use an antibiotic. This can lead to diarrhea and poor digestion. Taking a probiotic replenishes our good bacteria, re-establishing an important balance and promoting good digestion.

We now know that this “good” bacteria also plays an important part in the immune system. As we do more research, we are understanding the importance of the gut in establishing a strong immune system, and its potential role in helping with the symptoms of asthma, allergies, and even diabetes.

Is my newborn baby too young for an probiotic?

It is important to do your research. There are certain bacteria strains that have been specifically researched and proven to be safe in newborns. Mylicon Daily Probiotic Drops has combined two of the most researched bacteria strands in the world. These particular strains have not only been deemed safe for newborns, but promote good digestion and support a healthy immune system when given daily. If your child was premature or has problems with their immune system, it is important to consult your pediatrician before starting probiotics.

Can I add probiotics to my babies bottle with breast milk or formula?

Absolutely! Mylicon has a built in dropper so it provides precise daily dosing and can be added to luke warm breastmilk or formula. Mylicon’s probiotic drops do not contain any herbal supplements. In addition, they are wheat and gluten free, contain no soybeans, dairy, fish, shellfish, peanuts, or tree nuts. Mylicon’s probiotic drops are also GMO free.

Please feel free to email us or leave a comment below with any questions you might have! Hope this helps you with your journey!


Dr. Katie

Mylicon Baby Probiotic

We are proud ambassadors for Mylicon. This article is a sponsored post, however, the opinions are our own. As moms,we absolutely love Mylicon’s products and have used them with all of our little Freckleds!



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