Has your pediatrician ever suggested giving your child probiotics when on an antibiotic or when dealing with viral diarrhea? Mine has many times over the years. There’s a growing scientific basis for her recommendation, too.
Although I know that much research is still to be done in the area of probiotics, I’m convinced that a good probiotic supplement really can help prevent some digestive issues and boost immunity in normally healthy children*. So, over the years, I’ve invested in and tried several different ways to get my kids to consume more probiotics. I recently found a probiotic for children that I really like. But, let’s back up a minute and ask two questions you may have.
What are probiotics? Probiotics are the “good guys” or “friendly bacteria” that are similar to organisms that occur naturally in the digestive tract that fight against harmful bacteria.
Why might probiotics help children? Unfortunately, with all the antibiotics in many of our foods–like conventional meat, dairy and eggs–and with overly prescribed antibiotics, the good gut bacteria in our bodies is being compromised. So, a high quality probiotic supplement taken regularly, may have all sorts of health benefits, such as:
Treating diarrhea, especially following treatment with certain antibiotics
Preventing and treating vaginal yeast infections and urinary tract infections
Treating irritable bowel syndrome
Speeding treatment of certain intestinal infections
Preventing or reducing the severity of colds and flu (source).
If you’re convinced like I am about the importance of daily probiotic supplementation, then check out this new product our family is loving. It’s called Kidophilus by Zahler. The supplement is a liquid that’s all-naturally dyed a red hue with fruit and vegetable juice, sweetened with Stevia and Agave Nectar, and tastes like fruit punch. No kidding.
My 6-year-old daughter ASKS for Kidophilus every morning.
I honestly cannot remember how I stumbled on this pumpkin dump cake recipe over 5 years ago. What I do know is that I make it multiple times each fall and winter. It is by far one of my husband’s favorite desserts I make and serves as a great alternative to pumpkin pie if you’re not a fan (like me).
I don’t despise pumpkin pie. I just would rather have about 15 other desserts before I would pick it. While this pumpkin dump cake does have pumpkin pie as a base, it is also is partnered with a crumbly, buttery crust that is invaded with toasted pecans. The saltiness from the pecans balance out the sweetness and make it a perfect combination in my opinion.
Top it with a little homemade whipped cream and you’ll feel like you’re eating a baby angel.
I’ve been dying to share fun our news with you all. Today is finally the day! In April, my husband and I will be officially outnumbered by children.
You guys. Now that I can openly talk about this, I must tell you that the first trimester kicked my butt. Like, really hard. This hot mess of a mom still has a way to go but I am so thankful to be out of the first trimester. Thankful like, I want to turn around, flip it off and never look back or remember it, kind of thankful.
Now that I can spill my beans, allow me to write a super long post sharing all of the stories I’ve been wanting to for the past 3 months. If you’re not into this stuff, you can just stop now and hop back over to ESPN.com or whatever else is interesting to you. For those who appreciate an oversharer like myself, read on.