Baby Probiotics: Everything You Need to Know
By: Rupal, Totally Mom Sense Blog
There is nothing more satisfying than having a healthy and happy baby. Since I had Mishika via a c-section, I recently learned that there is a possibility that my little girl might be missing out on good bacterias B. infantis from her gut. B. infantis is a good bacteria that helps in keeping your baby’s gut healthy and is usually transferred from a mother to a baby via vaginal birth.
How does the bad bacteria affect the baby gut?
Without B. infantis in baby’s gut, bad bacteria can thrive particularly those linked to a higher risk of metabolic issues like colic, eczema, allergies, diabetes, and obesity. It can also cause immune system issues that means your baby is most likely to catch colds, flus and other illness.
What are the signs of an unhealthy gut in your baby?
C-section is just one of the possibility of your little one missing out on the good bacteria B. infantis in their gut. To find out if your little one might be missing the B. infantis, there is a simple 3 questions baby gut check quiz you can take that will reveal if baby is one of 9 out of 10 infants missing B. infantis:
Question 1: Were you OR your baby born via C-section?
Question 2: Were you OR your baby given antibiotics pre-delivery or post pregnancy?
Question 3: Does your baby have diaper rash OR 5+ watery poops per day?
If you answered yes to one or more of these questions your baby’s gut may be in jeopardy. Your baby’s gut is likely missing the good bacteria B. infantis, allowing many harmful bacteria to thrive. These bad bacteria are linked to higher risk of colic, eczema, allergies, diabetes, and obesity.
How did you get this result? You or your baby were born via C-section, which means you or your baby did not come in direct contact with mom’s beneficial gut bacteria. This good bacteria helps develop a healthy gut microbiome in your baby and could have long-term health benefits.
You or your baby were given antibiotics, which eliminated both the good bacteria (like B. infantis) and bad bacteria (like Group B Strep) in your gut.
Your baby poops more than 5X a day. The amount your baby poops is a visible signal of “good” vs. “bad” bacteria in the baby’s gut. Babies with more good bacteria have fewer loose poops as they are better able to absorb all the nutrients from breast milk. The more loose stools that baby’s bottom comes into contact with, the more the skin can be irritated leading to diaper rash....Read more on totallymomsense.com