Probiotics and their influence on children

Parents always intend to get the best for their new chides. And the most important aspect that they should take care of is their health from any point of view. Would you be surprised to find out that a child’s temper has more to do with the gut bacteria rather that with DNA? What would you say if health conditions like asthma, ADHD could be less severe with the right mix of probiotics? It would be strange of course to find out that probiotics could have this power so let’s make you aware of something.

Recently we came across on different online resources regarding scientific studies on babies and it really got our attention. What was written was something related to a possible connection between the gut and the brain. What could that mean, well it seems according to this info that the next level when it comes to pediatric medicine can be discovered in the bellies of our babies.


If you are a social media person you might have come across until now the idea that the intestinal microbes can affect our mood. Mark Lite is responsible for an interesting study. What he did was to study monkey feces to find out if those microbes that are found in the gut can really communicate with our nervous system by sending neurochemicals that give certain messages to our brain in order to do certain actions. The study shows indeed  that this connection is real and undeniable.

Another conclusion that was taken is that child that have the most diverse genetically types of bacteria found in their gut show behaviors that relate more with positive moods. They also show curiosity, sociability, and impulsive.

What’s even more interesting is that this micro-organism that literally shares the body with us are being capable of producing chemicals that regulate our mood. Basically, these chemicals are similar to dopamine that is released in our brain and serotonin. They play a major role when it comes to depression or anxiety and also a role in our intestinal disorder.

Another study that was performed in May at the Ohio State University discovered something interesting as well. What they did was again to study microbes from the gastrointestinal tracts of toddlers. They did this to search for any clue regarding chronic illnesses for example obesity or asthma and again there seemed to be a connection between this microorganism and the toddler behavior. It might sound a little bit strange but is really fascinating.

So what they did was to get a larger number of stool samples from the toddlers that had between 1.5 years to 2 years old. As we mentioned children that have this genetically diverse type of microorganism seem to show behaviors that relate with positive moods, curiosity, and sociability. This process continued to babies especially boys even after the breastfeeding was ended and remember that all was influenced by the child’s gut microbes.


Scientists noted down how complex this new research is and how much it can promise for the future. So indeed we do have a communication between the gut and the brain but who is starting it, which has the trigger? How can we know how healthy gut bacteria can look like?

And is our temperament to blame on these bacteria’s that really make a percentage of our body? If you hear it for the first time you might start laughing but if the studies continue to show more and more evidence who knows who is really laughing.

Of course saying that we can cure those health problems if we get the right probiotic mix is too much to say. But parents can really get hope from such news especially those that are not in a happy spot, and have babies with autism or ADHD. Even more, babies who were given a probiotic strain had a zero percentage of being diagnosed with ADHD or autism.

Another studied showed that 75 infants were randomly chosen and given a probiotic strain. The name is lactobacillus rhamnose, and after 13 years 17.1 percent of them developed disorders like ADHD or autism and zero of those who were really given the probiotic have been diagnosed.  Indeed the number is small but zero is a strong number when it comes to a percentage.

So supplementation with this probiotic can really reduce any kind of risk when it comes to the manifestations of such disorders especially the ones related to Autism.

Want to be more surprised? Another study that was done in March has shown a really interesting connection related to the same probiotic and peanut allergies. The Royal Children’s Hospital from Melbourne in a placebo-controlled trial did this study and children from 1 to 10 years old were given such a probiotic or a placebo together with the peanut oral immune therapy.

What the result was will really get your attention. 82 percent of the children treated with the probiotic were simply cured and in the placebo group, a number lower than 4 percent got the same outcome.

Indeed the study has been done under strict medical supervision. You should not rush and think that this probiotic can cure really a deadly peanut allergy. But what it does is to show the existence of hope when it comes to such problems. Now  researchers that study childhood type 1 diabetes can see that a key to preventing this can be found in our gut bacteria.

Who would have thought that these microorganisms have such a great power even more to cure certain diseases? Indeed our bodies are full of wonders and this type of studies show that so far the human potential hasn’t reached its limits.

This field of science can be considered new but it has indeed a wide range and can be extremely promising. In the near future for sure researchers will ask themselves more and more the question of why not giving the probiotics a try, after all, percentages look great.


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