Many people now take probiotics in an effort to balance the critically important mixture of bacteria living in their bodies. Probiotics are generally safe for children, and usually have few side effects, although there are a handful of serious immune system problems which can sometimes cause a bad reaction. Probiotics may help control the symptoms of kids with allergy problems, recurring digestive issues like diarrhea and bloating, autoimmune disorders and asthma. Look for supplements with multiple different strains of bacteria and a minimum of one billion colony-forming units (CFU).
- When we were all kids what we were taught was that bacteria was bad for our body and we need to take antibiotics to remove them.
- Most of the research being done by scientists on human bacteria has shown that it is not all bacteria that are bad for us.
- Our bodies have trillions upon trillions of bacteria that are living in them that their number could be equal to the number of our cells.
“Most strains of bacteria in our bodies cause no harm whatsoever, and some, in fact, are downright important to our overall health.”