Probiotics and Children's Health: A Closer Look at the Research

In recent years, probiotics have gained significant attention for their cited benefits in improving digestive health and boosting immunity. For parents, understanding the impact of these "good bacteria" on children's health is crucial. Today, we’ll take a look at the latest research on the effects of probiotics on children.  Healthy Heights is here to help parents like you make informed decisions about incorporating them into your childrens’ diets.

What are Probiotics?

Probiotics are live microorganisms, often referred to as "good" or "friendly" bacteria, which play a crucial role in aiding in digestion. The major impact of probiotics' appears to be their ability to balance our gut microbiota – the community of microorganisms living in our intestines.

Research on Probiotics and Children’s Health

  • Digestive Health: Several studies have indicated that probiotics can be beneficial in treating and preventing gastrointestinal issues in children, such as diarrhea, constipation, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). 
    • A study performed by researchers from the Department of Paediatrics, at the University of Naples evaluated five different probiotic preparations in children with acute diarrhea. The results showed that Lactobacillus GG and a mix of L. delbrueckii var bulgaricus, Streptococcus thermophilus, L. acidophilus, and Bifidobacterium bifidum significantly reduced the duration of diarrhea compared to oral rehydration alone. 1

  • Immune System Support: Studies suggest that probiotics may enhance our body’s immune response. 
    • Researchers from the Department of Medical Sciences, University of Ferrara have noted "The beneficial properties of consumed probiotics on host immune system improvement have been demonstrated in the treatment of several conditions and diseases, including allergies, diarrhea, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), infections, and infant colic..." 2

  • Allergy prevention: Probiotics might play a role in managing allergies.
    • A study from the University of Santiago showed that probiotic “administration can reduce the morbidity and the duration of allergy symptoms. “  3

Safety and Considerations:

While probiotics are generally considered safe for most children, it's essential to consult a pediatrician before starting any supplement, especially for children with underlying health conditions or those taking other medications. The effectiveness of probiotics can vary based on the strain and dosage, so professional guidance is important.


Where to start?

The growing body of research on probiotics and children's health is promising, suggesting these supplements can be a valuable addition to a child's diet. However, as with any health-related decision, it's crucial to approach probiotics with care and consult healthcare professionals to ensure they are suitable and safe for your child.

Some great sources of these probiotics are yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, tempeh, kimchi, miso, kombucha, pickles, semi hard cheeses, and raw milk.  However, very few children enjoy eating those foods!

That's why Healthy Heights has formulated Happy Tummies!  

Happy Tummies: A Probiotic and Prebiotic Blend for Children's Digestive Health

Happy Tummies is a specially designed prebiotic and probiotic powder mix for children aged 2 and up. We created this in conjunction with Sunfiber® to support children's digestive wellbeing and immune system health, while helping to maintain the natural balance of good gut bacteria. 

It's particularly helpful in reducing sporadic tummy discomforts like occasional upsets and diarrhea.  This formula is quickly becoming one of our fan-favorites because of the amazing benefits:

  • Targeted Probiotic Strain: Contains 5 billion CFU of Lactobacillus rhamnosus, a probiotic strain known for its benefits in supporting gut health.
  • Sunfiber® for Digestive Support: Each 6oz serving includes 4 grams of Sunfiber®, an all-natural soluble fiber that nourishes beneficial gut bacteria, contributing to better digestive health.
  • Prebiotic and Probiotic Synergy: The blend of prebiotics and probiotics works in harmony to promote a healthy digestive tract, ensuring regularity and comfortable digestion.
  • Additional Health Benefits: The product contains 2 grams of added protein and is designed to support the overall wellbeing of children, influencing areas such as digestion, cognitive function, mood, and immunity.
  • Child-Friendly Flavor: Comes in a dissolvable fruit punch flavor, making it an appealing option for children.
  • Safe and Gentle: Crafted with care to be gentle and effective, ensuring it is non-irritating for young digestive systems.

Happy Tummies from Healthy Heights offers a harmonious blend of prebiotics and probiotics, combined with the natural benefits of Sunfiber®, to support better gut health and immune function in children. This easy-to-use powder mix is an ideal way to promote regularity and healthy digestion in a flavor that kids love.

Visit the Healthy Heights store today to see some great reviews of Happy Tummies and get your child started on probiotics that even picky eaters can enjoy!