Probiotics are worthless for healthy children. True, there is a growing sense that some bacteria are actually really great for humans. And true, scientists have recently doubled down when it comes to studying the beneficial bacteria within commercial probiotics. But few medical professionals feel that healthy children need to take probiotics prophylactically, and claims to the contrary are more health fad than solid science.
Here are 5 myths that will help parents cool it a bit with the bacteria craze:
Myth #1: Probiotics Help With Colic
They don’t, and we’re sorry. Because we know that colic is incredibly frustrating. Its very definition is maddening: any prolonged crying that happens for no apparent reason. Ugh. So we understand that you’re ready to try any remedy that claims to make your baby stop crying. But probiotics just ain’t it. Studies have shown that probiotics implicated in preventing or curing colic are just as effective as sugar water, and the few experiments that have shown significant effects are hampered by insufficient controls and poor study design.
Myth #2: Healthy Kids Should Be On Probiotics
Preventative probiotics aren’t actually a thing, outside of bogus health-fad marketing. Healthy children should be eating healthy and, if they’re eating right, they are already getting all of the nutrients and good bacteria that they need from…
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