Mellow Mummy: Bio-Kult Infantis Infant Probiotic Review : Taking life as it comes...

Tuesday 23 September 2014

Bio-Kult Infantis Infant Probiotic Review

I should probably start this review by making it clear that I don't normally blog about children's food supplements or health products for kids - worrying about the food my children eat isn't part of my Mellow Mummy mantra.  In fact, as a mum who tries her very best to provide a healthy, grown-up, home-cooked diet for my two girls I strongly feel that I shouldn't NEED to supplement my baby or toddler's diet... if I do, then surely I'm getting something wrong somewhere?

So, you can imagine how much of a dent in my parenting confidence it was last month when Holly was diagnosed with "Toddler Diarrhoea", a generic term used to describe persistent diarrhoea in a toddler who is otherwise healthy, and for which the GP can find no other cause.  Toddler diarrhoea is commonly caused by an unbalanced gut - a tiny tummy that is still trying to cope with the challenges of an adult diet and is often seen in children who have a low-fat diet or who consume too much fruit, fruit juice or fruit squash.  Ouch.  That hit a nerve.

Having spent almost a fortnight off work looking after Holly (because she couldn't attend nursery due to her symptoms) it felt like fate when I was contacted to review Bio-Kult Infantis.  Bio-Kult Infantis is a multi-strain probiotic formula designed for infants, toddlers and young children.

Given Holly's sensitive tummy, I was happy to try out Bio-Kult Infantis as an addition to Holly's normal food and drink.  It comes in 1g powder sachets and, after a fascinating chat with Nutritional Therapist Natalie Lamb, I decided to start Holly on a half-sachet every day to see how she responded.  You can mix Bio-Kult Infantis with milk (breast milk, formula or cow's milk), or directly with food.  Each sachet contains 7 different strains of probiotic bacteria which are shown to reduce diarrhoea in gastroenteritis, improve constipation and even improve the symptoms of eczema.  It also contains high levels of Omega 3 (something I'm aware we lack in our family diet) and also Vitamin D3.

When I first started using Bio-Kult, I was a bit freaked out, I accidentally got some on the end of my finger and it felt funny - a bit like popping candy! I've mixed it with Holly's breakfast cereal and she has never noticed it so I assume that it mixes well!

Within 48 hours of starting Holly on Bio-Kult Infantis, her loose stools cleared up.  I can't tell if it is directly related, or not.  I continued giving Holly a sachet each morning for a fortnight but I have since stopped again.  I think I would happily start again if Holly showed any signs of an imbalanced gut again but for me, a daily probiotic isn't something I want to permanently build into her diet (as it wouldn't be for me, either).  I would expect to use Bio-Kult Infantis as an occasional boost to my toddler's gut-based immune system.

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