I’ve recently shared the supplements that I take regularly for anxiety (this previous post). I also got asked what my son Noah is taking as I have shared it often on my instragram story. Here I’m able to go in depth as to why Noah is taking these supplements and how they work for him.
All us mamas know that nutrition is super important but at times is difficult to accomplish during childhood. I can’t emphasize enough how important a healthy diet is for growing children, but some nutritional gaps can still occur because of soil deficiencies, environmental factors, or lack of variety in the diet.
Probiotics for infants, whether in food or supplement form, just might be one of the best things you can give baby to support his/her health. Eighty percent of your child’s immune system resides in his or her gut! The balance of gastrointestinal flora plays a large role in immune function. This is particularly important for your baby’s health as he/she grows and their immature immune system becomes “tested” by pathogenic bacteria and viruses, and potential allergens. When you give your baby or child additional probiotics, you’re helping to support that protective barrier against “foreign invaders.” Probiotics, when given to your infant or child, help build a healthy microflora and promote a healthy normal allergic response to potential allergens.
Influences your child’s metabolism and weight
May help reduce potential adverse side effects from childhood vaccinations,
Supports brain health during growth and development.
Helps digest food and produce certain nutrients
Helps support urinary tract health and vaginal health (in girls)
For infants and children, beneficial bacteria may be key to intestinal comfort. Studies show that babies who have an abundance of beneficial bacteria or receive probiotics tend to experience less gas, colic, and reflux, and have more regular elimination. The main reason I discovered probiotics for Noah was due to his colic when he was a newborn. My poor baby was suffering and after starting him on probiotics and other supplements he got better! I never had to get him on medication like our prior pediatrician wanted us to do. I will do a separate post on baby colic. However, probiotics are something our family will take wether in supplements or food form for the rest of our lives.
When should you start? It’s ideal to start probiotics as early as possible to help promote a healthy gut microbiome. The sooner you can help correct a less-than-optimal microbiome and support the growth of beneficial microbes, the better. For us, Noah started on probiotics at three months old. If your infant or child must receive antibiotics, give probiotics before and after treatment. Most antibiotics indiscriminately kill microbes, both pathogenic and beneficial. A high-quality probiotic designed for children can help minimize the damage to healthy beneficial gut microbes. Thankfully, we haven’t had Noah on antibiotics to this day, but if we had to I would load up on the correct probiotics for him. When choosing a probiotic for children, at a minimum, look for Bifidobacteria and Lactobacilli bacteria strains. Lactobacilli are a component of your child’s intestinal microflora. Human strains of these bacilli are preferable because of their natural occurrence, long-term safety record for infants and children, and adaptability to their ecosystem.
You want more than one or two strains in any probiotic supplement you choose. Multiple strains are preferable for optimal benefits. Personally we use several different types of probiotics on a rotating basis, and alternate between: Here are the two supplements I have used with Noah (http://amzn.to/2BgLzzw)
Currently Noah is taking this one (http://amzn.to/2hJGdEh)
Both supplements are in powder form so I’m able to put one days dosage in Noah milk first thing in the morning, since he wakes up hungry and won’t refuse the milk. I haven’t had an issue to this day with him refusing the milk when there is probiotics in there.
Consuming adequate vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is important for children. It plays a number of important roles in the body, acting as an antioxidant and immune supporter, helping build the protein collagen and enhancing the absorption of iron in the body.
I always keep Vitamin C on hand, and we’ve avoided many trips to the doctor because of this and also because of the wellness tonic. I add Vitamin C liquid to water or a smoothie once a day to keep his immune systems strong. I mainly give it to him in the winter when I feel a cold could be coming or he’s been around a lot of kids. During illness, we take Vitamin C more often until the illness passes. Here is the one we use (http://amzn.to/2iIi4yW)
Cod Liver Oil
Cod liver oil is a nutrient-dense source of essential vitamins including vitamin D and vitamin as well as anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids. Considering most people don’t eat enough anti-inflammatory foods that provide both vitamin D and omega-3s — important nutrients that play a crucial role in cardiovascular, hormonal, immune, reproductive and neurological health — many adults and children can benefit from regularly supplementing with cod liver oil.
High Source of Anti-Inflammatory Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Supplies Critical Vitamin D
Great Source of Vitamin A
Lowers Risk for Cancer
Prevents or Treats Diabetes
Helps with Growth and Development
Improves Brain Function
Helps Maintain Bone Health
Cod Liver Oil is one of the toughest one to get kids to take, but I also put this in his morning milk and have had no problems. If you have issues you can mix it with a small amount of juice, lemon water, a smoothie, apple sauce, yogurt, almond butter or anything else that helps disguise the slightly fishy taste. There are capsules of this, but since Noah can’t swallow capsules, we only use the liquid version. Noah has been taking Cod liver oil since he was 5 months old. We have been using this one (http://amzn.to/2A0JdGL)
Children age 3 months to 12 years: A dose of cod liver oil that provides about 5,000 IU vitamin A daily and 500–1,000 IU vitamin D. This is equal to about 1 teaspoon of regular cod liver oil or 1/2 teaspoon of high-vitamin cod liver oil. Check the brand’s label; you may need to give a child as little as 1/8 of a teaspoon.
Magnesium has been a miracle mineral for us especially during the winter. Normally, when I give Noah a magnesium bath I do a complete detox bath. Detox baths include baking soda to help to neutralize the chemicals in the water, especially chlorine. Let me know if you want a post on the detox bath we do at home 🙂
An easy way to give toddlers a magnesium boost is to add about 1/4 cup of Epsom salts or magnesium crystals to their bath water so they can absorb it through their skin.
To flush out toxins that have built up in our body.
To strengthen our immune system.
To promote sleep and relaxation.
Help muscles and nerves function properly.
Helps promote concentration.
I try to leave noah in the bath for at least 30 mins but sometimes we can’t push it that long. We love these magnesium baths because it always means a good nights sleep for us all. Here is our favorite brand (http://amzn.to/2iHNdCr)
I hope you enjoyed this blog post! I love to share what works for our family. Please keep in mind that you should always check with your doctor especially when it comes to babies and toddlers. Not all of kids are the same! Again, thank you if you read through this whole post and I will be posting another supplement post on what we take when our family gets sick! Very useful for the whole family.
**All of the links are through Amazon.com since that’s where I purchase most of mine. If you purchase them through my link it helps me get credit but it doesn’t change anything for you. So if you do make purchases through amazon please do it through my links to help this MAMA out! If not you can always find most of these at your local health store.