Probiotic Oil Drops for Infants, Young Children

May 7, 2013

The company says probiotic supplementation is important for young children because gut microbiota is established in early infancy.

New probiotic drops specially designed for infants and young children are easy to use and guaranteed to provide live cultures. The drops are shelf stable, requiring no refrigeration, and have a neutral flavor. The company says probiotic supplementation is important for young children because gut microbiota is established in early infancy, playing an important role in the digestive and immune system thereafter.

The drops contain a blend of sunflower oil and Chr. Hansen’s (Hoersholm, Denmark) clinically tested probiotic strain BB-12. Specifically, the company says, BB-12 has been shown to increase the stool content of Bifidobacteria in formula-fed infants, to a level similar to that of breastfed infants. It has also been shown to cause fewer episodes, and of shorter duration, of diarrhea, and to positively benefit colic. Finally, there are immune benefits in the form of reduced respiratory infections.

The company said it tried to keep the formula as clean-label as possible. As such, it eliminated silicone dioxide, which is typically used as an anticaking agent in similar types of oil products. Silicone dioxide is often banned in infant formulas.

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