Probiotic side effects in infants
Probiotics, rather say a good bacteria is mostly considered safe by most of the parents. But can the consumption of probiotics give any side effects in infants? A recent case of Poland has raised a huge concern about its consumption in infants and has made parents doubt if probiotics are safe for infants.
Here is the story of the baby:
The baby was born normal but was small and weighed only 2.3 Kg. As per the doctors, he had a slow growth rate in the womb than normal. On further tests, it was found that the baby had an infection (though not confirmed) and was given antibiotics. Further to prevent diarrhea, he was given probiotic containing the bacteria Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG.
After 3-4 days, a blood sample was taken for the test. The test showed that the baby is positive for an infection with Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG.
Yes, you got it right. It’s the same bacteria that was found in the probiotic given to the baby earlier. The infant was “very touch-sensitive” and cried a lot.
Further studies have shown that probiotics give no harm to healthy children. However, it will provide them with benefits is not clear.
Moreover, as the above incident happened with just one child the findings do not necessarily apply to all children with intrauterine growth restriction.
But this is an alert factor for doctors as well as parents to consider when the infant is born with less than the normal weight.
In order to acquire cut bacteria in infants, breastfeeding is still on priority…..
How to use Baby Probiotic?
In order to be on the safer side of probiotic consumption for infants, always prefer to read the label thoroughly. Read all the directions mentioned on the product. Be sure to check if the probiotic has to be chewed, swallowed, taken with food or with water. If you are uncertain about anything rather prefer calling your doctor or pharmacist.
Bifidobacteria is a live bacteria and is found in many probiotic products. As many antibiotics prevent these bacteria from working well, it is recommended to take the probiotic at least 2-3 hours before or after taking antibiotics.
Do note that if the condition persists or become more worsen, seek immediate medical help.
Milk allergy or lactose-intolerant– if your infant is suffering from any of the two, you need to pay special attention to the selection of probiotics. As there are many probiotic products that are milk protein base and can give the problem.
Consumption of Probiotics to infants till their first three months of life reduces the risk of developing gastrointestinal disorders….
Do Probiotics Have Side Effects In Babies?
Though there are no such serious side effects of probiotics, still your baby can be found with below-mentioned problems.
- Passing of gas (flatulence)
- Mild stomach ache
These side effects are mild and will not put any impact on your baby’s health. Moreover, these symptoms may appear when you first introduce probiotics in their diet and will automatically disappear after a few days, with regular probiotic consumption.
-Probiotics may work differently for kids.
As a caring parent, you know that probiotics are good for your baby as it helps to keep your digestive tract healthy. But the more important thing is that you should know which probiotic should be given to your child. As all the probiotics do not work the same way they do with adults.
I hope i was clear enough in making you understand if there is any probiotic side effects in infants. However, if you still have any queries, comment box is waiting for you. 🙂