Best Infant Probiotic?
Question: What is the best probiotic for infants?
I love the probiotic you chose for your son for my son who is 3 years old. Now I'm looking for a probiotic for my 12 month old? Do you know of a great one in powder form for little ones? Thank you so much.
Thanks for your great question about good probiotic choices for an infant.
Several studies over the past 7 years have found that probiotics are safe for infants, so let’s review what is import in a probiotic for a 12 month old:
• A product that has no more than 3 billion bacteria
• Has a child-friendly way to ingest, such as powder that can be mixed into age appropriate liquids.
• A product that uses well established, stable bacteria.
• Watch out for a probiotic developed from milk if your child has a casein allergy or sensitivity. Most of the popular infant probiotics do contain small bits of dairy.
How to use a probiotic powder:
1. Mix into age appropriate liquids, such as water, milk, or formula
2. Do NOT mix into heavily acidic liquids, such as orange juice
3. Do NOT feed powder directly to infants or children
The two most popular and widely available infant probiotics are:
1. Flora's Udo's Choice Infants Blend Probiotic Powder: ½ teaspoon has 1 to 2 billion bacteria, with 45 servings per 2.64 ounce container. NON-MEDICINAL INGREDIENTS: Maltodextrin, ascorbic acid. May contain traces of: milk powder, whey and soy lecithin.
2. Jarrow's Baby's Jarro Dophilus Powder: ¼ teaspoon has 3 billion bacteria, with 71 servings in the 2.5 ounce container. This product also contains FOS, which is a prebiotic fiber that helps the stomach make its own natural probiotics. NON-MEDICINAL INGREDIENTS: Maltodextrin, tapioca starch, tricalcium phosphate, and vitamin C. Contains: Dairy (casein), soy and fish (tuna/bonito) (in trace amounts).
I am a fan of the Jarrow product lines, since we have had so much success with my son, who remains stomach-pain free with his daily YumYum Dolphilus
. But you should pick what makes sense for you and your children.