(BPT) - Nothing is more important than the health and happiness of your baby, and when something is wrong, it's natural to be concerned. From short-term conditions like diaper rash, colic, eczema, and sleep issues, to more long-term conditions such as allergies and Type 1 diabetes, you may be surprised that many common baby problems may be connected to your baby's gut microbiome.
You've probably heard about the importance of gut health, but what you may not know is that gut health plays a crucial role in the overall health, wellness and development of newborns, specifically through the first six months of life. This is so important because when bad bacteria thrives, there’s an increased risk of the short- and long-term conditions previously discussed.
More than 9 in 10 infants have Newborn Gut Deficiency
A recent study published in Scientific Reports found that more than 90% of babies in the U.S. are suffering from a hidden problem called Newborn Gut Deficiency, or a lack of the key good bacteria, B. infantis, in their gut microbiome, which is essentially the environment inside the digestive tract.
This study benchmarks the widespread deficiency in gut bacteria among U.S. infants, which shows the vast majority have Newborn Gut Deficiency from the earliest weeks of life. The study found the condition is widespread independent of age, diet and location and although extremely common, Newborn Gut Deficiency is a concern that many parents and pediatricians aren't aware of and therefore aren't commonly addressing.
How to correct your child's gut health
Experts believe that the prevalence of Newborn Gut Deficiency in the U.S. is due to the rise of necessary modern medical practices like C-sections and antibiotic use, which inhibits mothers from transferring good bacteria such as B. infantis to their babies during the birthing process. B. infantis is essential to help manage gut health because it crowds out the bad bacteria and supports a protective environment in the baby’s gut. “Every day I get parents asking me how they can take a proactive approach to their child’s health and I immediately think about their gut health, especially following this new research on Newborn Gut Deficiency," said Dr. Tanya Altmann, leading pediatrician, best-selling author and nationally recognized child health expert.
"Selecting the right baby probiotic can increase the abundance of good bacteria in baby’s gut. In recent clinical studies, researchers have shown that by feeding newborns the baby probiotic Evivo, the only baby probiotic that contains activated B. infantis EVC001, you can reduce bad bacteria in baby’s gut by 80% and reduce intestinal inflammation by up to 98%," said Altmann.
Evivo is easy-to-use and is added to a small amount of breast milk or formula before being fed to baby daily. It begins working instantly to reduce bad gut bacteria and help good bacteria in your baby thrive.
Out with the bad, in with the good
Taking action by providing your infant with important good bacteria such as Evivo can help make a difference. Evivo plays a key role in the development of the infant immune system by protecting the infant intestinal tract from potentially dangerous bacteria like E. Coli.
"As we continue to learn more about the gut microbiome, Newborn Gut Deficiency and its connection to overall health, I’m a firm believer that addressing the issue early can make a big impact on overall health," said Altmann.
To learn more about Newborn Gut Deficiency and take an infant gut health quiz, visit www.evivo.com.