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Emerging research suggests that children’s gut health is closely tied to overall well-being. Help raise parents’ awareness of the importance of balanced gut microbiota with these simple tips.

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Support kids’ gut health through diet

Here are some ways parents can support their children’s gut microbiota:

  • Set limits: Limit sugary or processed foods
  • Go live: Serve yogurt with live, active cultures
  • Fermented foods: Feed your child foods like kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi, pickles, and apple cider vinegar
  • Prebiotics: Give your child prebiotics containing inulin fiber, such as Jerusalem artichokes, green bananas or plantains, jicama root, or asparagus
  • Probiotics: Try a supplement, like Zarbee’s® Children’s Complete Multivitamin + Probiotic, which contains Bacillus coagulans to help promote a healthy digestive system* 

Other ways to avoid occasional stomach aches, gas, and bloating

Other ways to avoid stomach aches, gas, and bloating
  • Hydration: Try giving your child clear liquids, like water, broth, or decaffeinated tea
  • Healthy habits: Make sure that your child is regularly eating a balanced diet
  • Mild foods: Try feeding your child foods such as rice, toast, crackers, or applesauce
  • Beware of bubbles: Avoid bubblegum and carbonated drinks

Good to know

Studies suggest that probiotics may help relieve antibiotic-associated diarrhea (AAD) in children

Antibiotics can upset the microbial balance in the gut. A systematic review of 33 studies found that, for children taking antibiotics, probiotic supplements can help restore that balance.1

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*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

REFERENCE: 1. Guo Q, Goldenberg JZ, Humphrey C, El Dib R, Johnston BC. Probiotics for the prevention of pediatric antibiotic-associated diarrhea. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2019;4(4):CD004827.