Are you aware of how important friendly bacteria in the intestinal tract is to your family's health? If you (or your child) have taken antibiotics, you can suppose with certainty that their friendly bacteria has been compromised.
In the gastrointestinal tract, there is a very delicate balance that exists between the host and the intestinal bacteria--at least 400 different species of microflora live in the human gastrointestinal tract. These intestinal bacteria alter the chemical composition of foods and drugs, break down dietary toxins, produce and break down vitamins, create toxins and antitoxins, and inhibit the growth of certain disease-producing organisms. When we upset this balance of intestinal microflora with antibiotic use, diet, and disease, we negatively affect the benefits of these microorganisms.
This is why probiotics are so important in our daily supplement regime. Lack of good flora in the gut has been linked to all kinds of disease, including brain dysfunction.
Can babies be given probiotics?
Yes! Babies SHOULD have plenty of beneficial bacteria passed on from their moms; however, if the mom had to take drugs and/or antibiotics during the pregnancy and/or delivery, this could and usually does affect the baby's intestinal flora. Some of the symptoms of this can be thrush, diarrhea, constipation, rashes, reflux to name a few.
You can open a Bifidophilus Flora Force capsule and sprinkle about a fourth of it directly into the baby's mouth. We have seen babies coo when administered this. It can also be put in a bottle as well.