As the temps are dipping we are focusing on keeping the kids healthy. To learn how to support kids' natural defenses during this big chill we chatted with Dr. Sheeba Ben, an NYC area pediatrician, who focuses on the importance of taking a daily probiotic, such as Culturelle Kids--the #1 pediatrician recommended brand--to help boost digestive health, which in turn has a positive impact on overall health and immunity. Check out her tips on how we can all keep germs at bay from their kids this season.
Momtrends: How can we help support our kids' natural defenses during the winter?
Dr. Ben:We can help support our kids' natural defenses during the winter by making sure they are eating right. Incorporate foods rich in vitamin C and zinc into their diet and avoid processed foods. If your children are picky eaters, make sure to include a daily multivitamin supplement into the diet. Adding a daily probiotic, such as Culturelle Kids Probiotic, into your child's daily regimen will also help support the immune system.
Momtrends: Why is taking a daily probiotic so important?
Dr. Ben:70 percent of our immune system is in the digestive tract, so keeping our digestive tract balanced and healthy will help support our immune system. The digestive tract of a healthy individual contains different types of organisms called microflora, that live in a perfect balance. Certain factors such as viruses, the use of antibiotics, and even stress can disrupt our intestinal flora. Probiotics help by restoring the balance of the good bacteria in the digestive tract.
Momtrends: What does a daily probiotic do for our kids' digestive health?
Dr. Ben:A daily probiotic such as Culturelle Kids Probiotic, which is made up of 100 percent Lactobacillus GGthe #1 most clinically studied strain, has been shown to help reduce symptoms such as gas, bloating, and diarrhea due to occasional stomach upset. Make sure to check with your health care provider before adding daily supplements to your child's daily regimen.
Momtrends: What are some other ways to stay healthy in the winter?
Dr. Ben: Other ways to keep your children healthy during the winter is by reminding your children to wash their hands regularly. Also the dry air tends to dry up our nasal passages and mucous membranes making us more prone to infections. Using a humidifier as well as a daily saline nasal spray will help keep mucous membranes moist. It is also important to make sure that your child's immunizations are up to date.
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