Probiotics are everywhere, and marketed to many different age groups. While healthy adults may not need these supplements, many children do. Children are often picky eaters, and even if a good multi-vitamin children are not getting the probiotics needed to aid their growing gut. There are many brands, formulation, and price points out there, and you may be wondering if there is any difference in children’s probiotic. Regardless of the price point, there are differences. The top-rated children’s probiotics are listed below.
Yum Yum Dophilus
Yum Yum Dophilus gets big ratings due to its price point, its sugar-free state, and its flavoring, but it also should get a big 5-star rating due to its four probiotic strains. B. lactis, L. plantarum, B. bifidum, and L. acidophilus are found in this chewable tablet, which is given either before or after meals. This formula contains xylitol, which is not only a healthy replacement for sugar, but also helps strengthen teeth.
Olly Kids Multi + Probiotic
For those who want one supplement for vitamins plus probiotic, GNC’s Olly is the best bet. While it doesn’t contain as much probiotic power as Yum Yum Dophilus, it does contain 500 million CFU of varying strains. The gummy aspect gets big ratings due to its candy-like appearance and flavor, while moms and dads love the ease and convenience of one supplement daily.
ZarBee’s Naturals Baby Probiotic Packs
For those aged 2 and up who are not fooled by a gummy or chewable tablet, this powder is easily mixed into food and beverages. It contains 1 billion CFU of Lcr35, which is a dairy strain of probiotic (watch out, lactose-intolerant kids!), for gut floral boosting.
Culturelle is one of the top-rated probiotic brands for adults, and they now offer probiotics for children in various forms. They offer Kids Daily Packs, which consists of powder that is mixed into food or drink, and it contains a whopping 5 billion active cultures – more than any other on this list. The 5 billion consists solely of Lactobacillus, so those with lactose problems shouldn’t give this a try without their doctor’s recommendation. Their Chewables line also offers us 5 billion active cultures, and tablets offer various ratings from good, to “chalky” when it comes to flavoring. Culturelle also offers us something new, called Regularity, which combined fiber and probiotics to help children with bowel issues. It consists of 2.5 billion active cultures, plus 3.5 grams of fiber (the equivalent of five prunes, as they state), to help keep the gut healthy and the bowels working properly. This supplement also contains inulin, which is a powerful prebiotic.