Bifidobacteria for newborns
Immediately after birth, the baby enters a world inhabited by a multitude of microorganisms. Many of them are considered to be pathogenic, but there are also beneficial bacteria. To ensure immune protection, the newborn’s gastrointestinal tract should be populated with beneficial microorganisms. But in some situations (taking antibiotics, inflammatory processes) in the body crumbs begin to develop harmful bacteria. All this leads to a dysbiosis, which can be coped with using various preparations containing bifidobacteria.
Bifidobacteria, lactobacilli and E. coli are the main microorganisms inhabiting the digestive tract of the newborn, their share is 95%. Also in the body of the baby there are so-called conditionally pathogenic microorganisms, which include:
Such bacteria begin to multiply, if the number of bifidobacteria decreases, and provoke infectious processes in the body crumbs.
It is important to remember that the intestine of the newborn is populated with useful bacteria gradually, and therefore often there may be a temporary dysbacteriosis. It is expressed by frequent regurgitation, loose stool and abdominal problems. This state of the baby’s body does not require treatment.
True dysbacteriosis occurs when the proportion of pathogenic bacteria begins to exceed the number of beneficial microorganisms. Remember , that dysbiosis (another name for the disease) is not an independent disease, it accompanies various inflammatory processes in the child’s body.
In what cases does the baby need help in the form of taking drugs with bifidobacteria? Here you can reliably relate:
- constantly arising intestinal colic;
- frequent regurgitation (details of frequent regurgitation);
- poor weight gain (weight gain rate);
- the child suffers from diarrhea or constipation (see diarrhea / constipation);
- diabetes mellitus or infectious diseases in the mother;
- premature or complicated delivery;
- gestosis during pregnancy;
- artificial feeding (or mixed).
Toddlers who are naturally fed receive all useful microorganisms through the mother’s milk, and therefore rarely need to take such drugs (about the drugs below).
Of course, any drug should be used as directed by a doctor, especially for newborns. But any loving parent should at least at a minimum level know the types of drugs containing beneficial bacteria, and their useful properties.
So, there are two types of medicines containing useful microorganisms:
Probiotics, released in the form of a liquid, is preferable, since they start acting immediately after ingestion.
Drugs containing bifidobacteria can be given to infants for prevention. Harm from this will not happen. But if there is any disorder on the part of the baby's gastrointestinal tract, then such means should be taken on a regular basis. It is advisable to give the drug to a child about half an hour before meals in a dosage prescribed by the attending physician. Medicines released in the form of dry powders are preliminarily diluted with boiled water according to the instructions.
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