The benefits of adding prebiotics to a well-balanced diet are steadily becoming more well-known as the body of supporting research grows. Health-conscious adults may consider adding a fiber supplement to their diets or seeking out more fiber-rich foods. However, children may benefit from the addition of bacteria-stimulating nutrients in their diets as well.
Certain types of prebiotic fibers are known to support optimal levels of good, “friendly” bacteria in the body. These friendly bacteria, such as Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium are shown to help with regularity, immunity, and general digestive wellness.1
In one study, formula-fed infants whose diets were supplemented with prebiotics developed a digestive bacterial environment more similar to that of breastfed infants.2 The subjects thereby experienced softer stools and an increase in regularity. There is also evidence that suggests prebiotics can be beneficial beyond infancy and into early childhood.3
In short, maintaining a healthy digestive environment is vital at any age. What’s more, tummy troubles are universally disruptive, inconvenient and uncomfortable. When considering how to improve your overall health and specifically your digestive wellness, think about how your children might also benefit from small dietary changes or supplements. Of course, it’s always important to consult a physician when making any major decisions about your or your child’s health. Learn more about how a prebiotic fiber supplement, like Fiber Choice®, can help you—and your child—get more of the daily fiber you need for overall wellness.
1Micka A, et al. Effect of consumption of chicory inulin on bowel function in healthy subjects with constipation: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition. Aug 2017 68:1, 82-89.
2Closa-Monasterolo R, Gispert-Llaurado M, Luque V, et al. Safety and efficacy of inulin and oligofructose supplementation in infant formula: results from a randomized clinical trial. Clin Nutr. 2013 Dec;32(6):918-27. doi: 10.1016/j.clnu.2013.02.009. Epub 2013 Feb 26.
3 Firmansyah A, Chongviriyaphan N, Dillon DH, et al. Fructans in the first 1000 days of life and beyond, and for pregnancy. Asia Pac J Clin Nutr. 2016 Dec;25(4):652-675. doi: 10.6133/apjcn.092016.02.