Probiotics protect your baby from ADHD
This isn’t a long Blog but has really important information the health of your baby. One of my missions is to take research like this and get it out to who actually needs it; new mums like you!
More and more often research comes out that I want to shout from the roof tops about. But instead I’ll write a Blog, do a video and send an email.
Just today I have read some amazing research on probiotics (friendly gut bacteria) that I just have to share with you as it backs up all the advice I have been giving my baby patients & parents and I have given you in my emails and ebooks and book Calming Colic. I hope you have followed my advice!
Basically, researchers looked at 2 groups of babies, 35 babies in each group. One group of babies were given probiotics before the age of 6 months and the other group didn’t get any.
And this is the amazing result: 13 years later the researchers followed up on the children. In the group that didn’t have probiotics 17% of the children had Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) or Aspergers Syndrome, which is an Autistic Spectrum Disorder.
In the group that had probiotics they were 0!
This just adds to the evidence that our gut bacteria is so vital and it is especially vital to have our babies start life with healthy bacteria. I have recently written Blogs and posted videos on how antibiotics and C-section can knock out the good bacteria in our babies and lead on to future problems. But now we have it from another angle, of using probiotics to improve future health Watch my video here to learn more:
So what do I think this research means to you?
If your baby is under 6 months then giving them a specialist baby probiotic will be beneficial for their future health, especially if you had a C-section or your baby was exposed to antibiotics directly or via your breast milk. If they are over 6 months then do it too, no problems.
I personally use a probiotic called Biogaia Protectis, which is also highly researched to help babies. The link I gave you for the video above also gives you a link to purchase this probiotic and also to receive another free ebook from me and a discounted copy of my full baby help book Calming Colic which goes into much more depth on gut bacteria and babies. Click the picture below to go to the page.
Finally, I want to say a big thank you to so many of you for bringing your babies to see me for treatment to help them with colic, or ease their crying or help them (and you) sleep. Also to those of you that have used probiotics with your baby on my advice and many, many of you have, I hope I have provided you with yet more reasons as to why they will help your baby. And that’s what this Blog is all about!
If you have any questions then please feel free to email me or contact my clinic to make an appointment for you or your baby on 01444 410944 and don’t forget to watch my video and use the probiotics:
I hope you find this helpful
A possible link between early probiotic intervention and the risk of neuropsychiatric disorders later in childhood: a randomized trial.
Pärtty A1, Kalliomäki M1, Wacklin P2, Salminen S3, Isolauri E1.
Recent experimental evidence suggests that gut microbiota may alter function within the nervous system providing new insight on the mechanism of neuropsychiatric disorders.
Seventy-five infants who were randomized to receive Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG (ATCC 53103) or placebo during the first 6 mo of life were followed-up for 13 y. Gut microbiota was assessed at the age of 3 wk, 3, 6, 12, 18, 24 mo, and 13 y using fluorescein in situ hybridization (FISH) and qPCR, and indirectly by determining the blood group secretor type at the age of 13 y. The diagnoses of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and Asperger syndrome (AS) by a child neurologist or psychiatrist were based on ICD-10 diagnostic criteria.
At the age of 13 y, ADHD or AS was diagnosed in 6/35 (17.1%) children in the placebo and none in the probiotic group (P = 0.008). The mean (SD) numbers of Bifidobacterium species bacteria in feces during the first 6 mo of life was lower in affected children 8.26 (1.24) log cells/g than in healthy children 9.12 (0.64) log cells/g; P = 0.03.
Probiotic supplementation early in life may reduce the risk of neuropsychiatric disorder development later in childhood possible by mechanisms not limited to gut microbiota composition.