In young children, disorders of digestion are common without really being able to identify the cause. Between 0 and 6 months, colic, regurgitation, constipation are common since during this period the gastrointestinal tract must begin to perform its new functions which will be very varied:
- tolerate and digest food
- absorb nutrients
- to defend against pathogenic bacteria
- eliminate exogenous toxins
- adapt to the new intestinal flora
Currently, the ingredients of infant milks are quite elaborate, some will have a positive impact on gastrointestinal disorders, which will significantly improve the quality of life of babies and parents. to change milk, it is always better to talk to the pediatrician and pharmacist to find the ideal milk for your infant.
If despite a more specific milk the symptoms remain, then you can try other solutions like:
1.Probiotics rich in Lactobacillus Reuteri for colic
This probiotic strain has already been proven in digestive comfort in many scientific studies. Moreover, as it is part of the normal intestinal flora and is present in breast milk, it is very well tolerated and without side effects. L. reuteri is particularly indicated to relieve colic, diarrhea and regurgitation.
This probiot has a complete action, because it restores the physiological functions of the intestinal flora and the mucous membrane, it secretes an antibacterial substance (reuterin) which stops the proliferation of bacteria and other pathogens and it improves the gastric emptying thus allowing to reduce the number of regurgitations.
The best known is Protectis drops for babies from birth, but also chewable tablets for older children. Protectis contains L. Reuteri and vitamin D to support the immune system.
2. Natural thickener: Carob flour for regurgitation
Carob, a fruit of the carob tree (a Mediterranean tree), is rich in fiber and has a regulating effect of intestinal function (diarrhea or constipation) in children. Locust bean meal is used in babies as a natural thickener to reduce regurgitation. Locust bean flour is very well tolerated and contains no gluten, lactose or cow’s milk protein.
Pharmasimple offers carob flour sold under the name Nutriton moment from birth:
3. Magnesium for constipation
Magnesium can also improve intestinal transit. Provoking a call of water by osmotic effect, it will increase the volume of water present in the intestines thus allowing easier defecation. Magnesium also stimulates intestinal motility by inducing the secretion of a hormone that acts on intestinal peristalsis.
Magnesium is transmitted to the infant through breast milk, so it is recommended that lactating women take 350 mg per day of magnesium. The baby can also drink water richer in magnesium like “Hepar” if he is constipated while informing the pediatrician.