Is BioGaia Good For Babies?
Probiotics are live microorganisms, often referred to as "beneficial bacteria," that support gut microbiota balance and digestive health. Baby probiotics, such as BioGaia Protectis Baby Drops, are probiotics that are specifically formulated to be safe for babies and children.
What is BioGaia good for?
BioGaia Protectis Baby Drops are multi award-winning probiotic drops that are designed to support your babies gut health. BioGaia Protectis Baby Drops contains a probiotic strain initially discovered in breast milk, making it a comfortable and natural solution to tackling digestive and colic discomfort in babies.
Do babies need probiotics?
There is an debate on whether probiotics are essential for babies and children. A reason as to why some feel that probiotics are not essential, is that babies gut microbiome begins to develop and diversify naturally, and so do not necessarily require supplemental probiotics. Breastfeeding can also help to support a babies gut microbiome.
Probiotics can be obtained naturally through a diet containing foods like yoghurt, kimchi, and sauerkraut; but these are not foods you can feed to newborns. Additionally, probiotics may be more helpful in cases where factors like caesarean section births or formula feeding might influence the natural microbiome development differently. Additionally, certain probiotic strains have been linked to potential health benefits, and supplementation may provide an extra layer of support in promoting digestive health and immune function during the critical early stages of life.
You may want to consider probiotics for your baby if you feel like they need some extra support for their gut health. Common signs that a baby may need probiotics are frequent bowel issues such as constipation and diarrhoea, infant colic, and frequently getting ill.
Benefits of taking BioGaia Protectis Baby Drops
BioGaia is a safe, high-quality, and trusted infant probiotic brand that can effectively support health and wellbeing in numerous ways just by supporting gut health.
BioGaia Protectis Baby Drops are Mumsnet rated, meaning that around 250 mums were given the product to trial, and more than 80% of them have come back with positive reviews. This product also received a gold award for the ‘best health products for babies’ by the Project Baby Awards 2022, and a Mother&Baby award for the ‘best baby food range/product’ category. These awards are heavily influenced by real reviews that come from parents who have tried BioGaia baby drops, representing their effectiveness as a probiotic.
Contains a bacteria that reaches the gut:
BioGaia Protectis Baby Drops contains the patented Lactic acid bacterium L. reuteri (Limosilactobacillus reuteri (formerly known as Lactobacillus reuteri), a probiotic strain that is clinically proven to reach the gut alive. Just one daily dose of the BioGaia probiotic baby drops contains a minimum of 100 million live L. reuteri Protectis to support gut heath. It is important that the probiotic can survive the acidic environment in the stomach to be able to colonise the intestines and feel health benefits from it. Therefore, BioGaia baby drops contain a strain derived from Lactobacillus, which has consistently shown to be the most resistant to stomach acid.
Contains the most researched strain for infant colic:
BioGaia have spent over 200,000 hours equating to almost 23 years of research to find the best strains and formulations that are both safe and effective for babies. This time involved researching, analysing, testing and re-analysing bacteria strains to create the beneficial probiotic. Lactobacillus reuteri is the most studied strain in regard to infantile colic, a meta-analysis has found that infants given this strain spent less time crying/fussing, concluding that it is effective and can be recommended for breastfed infants with colic, with further support from multiple research studies stating that this strain shows to be safe in newborn infants with colic.
BioGaia Protectis Baby drops are free from gluten, lactose, and milk dairy. These ingredients can play a role in facilitating to potential allergies, sensitivities, and the elements of developing digestive systems. Therefore, BioGaia probiotic drops are free from common allergens to not only reduce the likelihood of adverse reactions, but also facilitate to the growing emergence of early exposure to probiotics having a role preventing allergies in children later on.
How long does it take BioGaia baby drops to work?
BioGaia Protectis Baby Probiotic drops will take up to 3-4 days from the first day of use to make a noticeable difference in your babies wellbeing, so do not expect to see results immediately. After this you can expect to notice an ease in colic, spit-ups, constipation, diarrhoea, and better sleep.
How to give your baby BioGaia probiotic drops
Before each use, shake the bottle well for 10 seconds to ensure thorough mixing of the bacteria culture with the sunflower oil. Dispense the drops gently by tilting the bottle to get 5 drops in a spoon at any time of the day, with or without food. This recommended daily dosage of 5 drops daily should not be exceeded.
Do not add the drops to hot food or beverages, and refrain from feeding the Protectis Baby Probiotic drops directly from the bottle, as it could compromise the product's quality. However, you can mix the 5 daily drops into formula and/or breast milk.
Side effects of BioGaia Protectis Baby drops
Side effects and severe allergic reactions are extremely rare when using BioGaia baby drops. However, it’s important to know be aware of signs of an allergic response; symptoms can include rash, itching, swelling (particularly of the face, tongue, or throat), severe dizziness, and difficulty breathing. If you encounter any adverse reactions, consult a healthcare professional immediately.
By Rhysa Phommachanh BA (hons) Specialist Hair and Media Make-up