- Recommended daily dosages vary widely, anywhere from one million to 20 billion CFU (Colony Forming Units), but most experts utilize 1-10 billion CFU for infants, and 10-20 billion CFUs for older children and adults.
- To achieve and maintain a therapeutic effect, probiotics must be administered repeatedly to ensure a sufficient and consistent population level over time.
- General note for kids- have a probiotic which has lactobacillus and bifida bacteria in it.
- On a more clinical note, make sure when you use a probiotic in the first 2 years of life, use a probiotic specifically created for the newborn/infant.
- After 2 years of age, usually the microflora of the child is that of an adult and you can use the adult capsules
- Probiotic Foods: Kefir, Kimchi Kombucha, Miso Soup, Natto, Pickles, Sauerkraut, Soy Milk Tempeh, Yogurt
Well-Researched Organisms with Probiotic Potential:
- Lactobacillus GG
- Lactobacillus reuteri
- Lactobacillus plantarum
- Lactobacillus casei
- Lactobacillus acidophilus
- Bifidobacterium infantum
- Bifidobacterium bifidum
- Streptococcus thermophilus
- Saccharomyces boulardii (yeast)
Probiotics I recommend by symptoms:
1. Colic: Klaire Labs/ Jarrow infant formula (power formulation)
2. Constipation: 2 years of age to 12 years of age: Nature’s Way Primidophilus optima (powder or capsule) or RAW Garden of Life. Greater than 12 years of age: Just Thrive or Digest Zone (capsules)
3.Cold/ Cough/URI: True N ature (Costco brand) with lactobacillus rhamnosus 10 billion CFU daily for 21 days
4. Dental health: GUM – Perio balance probiotic
5. Diarrhea: Antibiotic associated/viral/traveler’s diarrhea: Florastor- S boularidi