Friday, April 7, 2017

Healthy Habits: Probiotics for Kids

Parents today have such an abundance of food choices for their babies that they are just downright confused and are unsure of what foods are the best!  For instance, most adults are aware that probiotics work positively in their system but many parents are not aware that probiotics have many benefits for baby too!

A new study suggests that only 23% of parents currently incorporate probiotics into their young child’s diet. First introduced during breast feeding, probiotics are ‘good bacteria’ that  support your baby’s digestive health and immune system. As babies grow, gut health is important for good overall health. So, parents should be sure to incorporate them in their baby’s diet. 

Easier said than done…

53% of parents are both overwhelmed and confused by the varying opinions on childhood nutrition. With so many conflicting sources of information – friends, family, parenting books, mom blogs – it has become exceedingly difficult to determine what you should be feeding your child. 

In this interview, Dr. Tanya Altmann – Spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics will clear up some of that confusion and educate parents on the many benefits of incorporating probiotics into their baby’s diet.  After all, the first time a baby is introduced to probiotics is during breast feeding!!  She will discuss what “good” bacteria can do to support your baby’s digestive health and immune system.

She’s working with Stonyfield, which has just introduced the probiotic BB-12® to its YoBaby® yogurt, the #1 Pediatrician Recommended yogurt for babies between six months and two years old among refrigerated yogurts*.  BB-12® has been shown to have a digestive health benefit when consumed regularly as part of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle.

* Source: IMS Health ProVoice Survey, 12/01/15 - 09/30/16).
   BB-12® is a registered trademark of Chr. Hansen.

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