Nobody actually tells you how complicated and tricky caring for a baby really is. From the get-go, everyone is ready to offer advice, from your mother-in-law to the woman in front of you in the queue. But it’s all just words. ‘Don’t eat onions, that’s what’s causing the colic’, ‘Hold the baby upright for an hour after you feed’, do this, don’t do that. So many instructions, yet your baby continues to cry in pain and you feel helpless and completely worn out! Is there anything that is truly scientifically proven to work?
Luckily, there is, and it’s easy to give it to your unhappy, fussing baby. Something we all wish we had known years ago is that 80% of our immune system is located in the gut1. This means that if our gut is unhappy, we are unhappy. Babies suffering from colic express this best (colic is when a baby cries frequently, it’s hard to soothe them, they bring their knees up to their tummy or arch their back, and their tummy rumbles or they’re very windy2. But when babies are given Reuterina® Drops, the amount of crying is reduced by 50% after two weeks3 – that’s half the amount of crying in a day! Which exhausted new mom wouldn’t want that result?
Often babies suffering from colic also have reflux – a common condition in babies from under eight weeks to over a year old. Reflux is when babies bring up milk or are sick during or after they are fed4. Reuterina® Drops also reduce daily reflux by 80% in under a month5. Therefore the impact of Reuterina® Drops on the quality of mom and baby’s life are noteworthy – less crying and less reflux. All it takes is a little bit of patience and time (drops should be given daily), but it’s worth it, especially if it works naturally with baby’s tummy.
That’s probably why Reuterina® Drops are the No.1 Prescribed paediatric probiotic6 that restore and maintain a healthy gut flora balance7. Unfortunately, we all know that a wriggling baby is about as easy to medicate as a cat, so Reuterina® Drops are now available in the super ‘easy squeezy’ dispensing tube, which makes it simple to place drops in baby’s mouth, or count out 5 drops on a teaspoon and slip into baby’s mouth.
Giving infants a probiotic doesn’t only work for colic and reflux, studies believe that mom’s own gut flora during pregnancy is important in childhood immune programming and can actually influence the immune development of the child against diseases such as eczema later in life8. This seems to indicate that as pregnant moms, we should be looking after our own gut flora, in order to look after our baby’s. A study9 was conducted on pregnant mothers – they were given a probiotic (L reuteri, the probiotic found in Reuterina®) from 36 weeks, right up until delivery. The babies were then given the same probiotic (Reuterina® Drops) from birth till 12 months of age and then they were followed up for another year. The findings indicated that by the age of two the infants who had received the probiotics had less eczema! It therefore makes sense to keep our gut flora healthy, as well as baby’s, in order to act proactively to try and prevent the development of allergic diseases. Luckily, Reuterina® Drops are lactose free, milk protein free and gluten free10 – making it suitable and easy to use for even the most difficult little customer.
A healthy immune system is also really important if baby is going to day care or creche from an early age. Studies have found that children in day care get sick more often than children at home — until age 311, thereafter infection rates even out. However, children attending day care and taking Reuterina® Drops were been found to have fewer number of sick days12 – which definitely helps a working mom out! All in all it makes ‘easy squeezy’ sense to choose Reuterina® for mom and baby. It’s trusted to perform and proven to work.13;14
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1. Biogaia HCP
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