A healthy gut is a healthy child. This is an especially important topic to understand when you have children, because they aren’t born with guts filled with the beneficial, diverse bacteria needed to keep them healthy. We’ve talked about why this is, and why it’s so important for babies and children to have a high quality, pediatrician approved probiotic. But here’s the gist: an imbalance between healthy and unhealthy bacteria in the gut can lead to chronic illnesses (like IBS, Crohn’s disease and depression), fatigue, painful bloating and gas, and uncontrollable sugar cravings.
If you’re wondering how to heal a child’s gut, fortunately, there’s a lot you can proactively do– like giving them a quality probiotic, keeping them hydrated, and incorporating more fiber. Now, here are some common things you should cut down on to better build a healthy gut.
Stop Relying on Medications
We know strep throat runs rampant in daycares and elementary schools, and when your little one comes home with a scratchy throat we don’t blame you for hightailing it to the pediatrician. And while antibiotics are necessary and effective in fighting infections – they also kill all the good bacteria the gut needs to keep them healthy in the long run. Because the antibiotics can’t distinguish between good and bad bacteria, your little one might experience symptoms like gas, bloating, diarrhea and even intestinal infections.
So while we know that antibiotics are necessary sometimes, we like to emphasize that a proactive approach to gut health can limit the need for medications in the first place. A healthy gut microbiome can put a stop to these issues before they spiral out of control, and you have found yourself at the doctor’s office with a fussy child, begging for antibiotic intervention.
Cut out Processed Foods
Diet is one of the most proactive ways we can prevent any issues that come with an imbalanced microbiome. Processed foods, foods high in sugar, and dairy products can encourage the build-up of bad bacteria that leaves the door wide open for digestive issues, chronic illness and infection. An unhealthy gut can lead to common childhood issues like eczema, food intolerances and diarrhea. And when the body starts relying on medicine to treat these problems, the gap between healthy bacteria and bad bacteria widens. It sounds like a pretty vicious cycle, doesn’t it?
We think it’s important to stop this cycle before it starts. So we suggest you limit processed foods high in sugar and dairy and instead rely on a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Research proves that this is the most beneficial way to support gut health, and overall health.
Now, we also know that sometimes getting your kid to eat a vegetable is just… completely off the table… Don’t worry, that’s where Jettie comes in. Jettie is filled with all the diverse, clinically studied bacteria that your little ones need to keep their gut in balance, so you don’t have to panic if you don’t get them their full servings of vegetables for the day.
Just like adults, a child’s body is one ecosystem–its parts have a symbiotic relationship that rely on each other to keep them healthy. However, when one function is thrown off, a domino effect of inflammation, pain and infection can start throughout the entire body. Research tells us that overall health starts in the gut, and if you’re new to the gut health game, focusing on these simple common gut killers is a foolproof place to start.