Do Toddlers Need Probiotics? 5 Reasons To Consider Them

Written by Angie Arriesgado
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Breastfed babies get a nice dose of probiotics from mom’s milk.1 But once they stop breastfeeding, keeping those good bacteria coming can be a bit of a puzzle, especially with toddlers who turn their noses up at anything that’s not chicken nuggets.

So, if you’re wondering if giving them our Kids Probiotics & Prebiotics is a good idea, stick around! We’re about to dive into why these friendly bacteria are important for your little one’s development.

What are the benefits of giving your toddler probiotics? 

It might sound counterintuitive to feed live bacteria to your child. Probiotics are bacteria, yes, but they’re not the bad kind. In fact, they help control the bad bacteria, yeast, and fungi, and maintain balance in the gut microbiome. As you will see below, probiotics for kids offer several health benefits

1) Probiotics support good gut health in children

Once the probiotics are ingested, they make their way to your child’s digestive tract, where they help break down food and extract the nutrients. They also help produce nutrients (like vitamin K and folic acid) and amino acids (like arginine and glutamine). 2

Moreover, probiotics help prevent infections like viral gastroenteritis, antibiotic-associated diarrhea, and hospital-acquired diarrhea.3 4

For constipated children, probiotics may also help increase stool frequency.5

2) Probiotics may promote healthy skin in toddlers and young kids

kids probiotics and prebiotics at playground

Over 10% of children below 10 years have eczema (aka atopic dermatitis). It’s an itchy skin condition that irritants like soap, pollen, or food allergies may trigger. Some infants get it at just a few months old, though most kids typically start presenting symptoms at around 2 years old.6

The good news is that specific strains of Lactobacillus probiotics may significantly improve symptoms of eczema in children, with benefits persisting even after discontinuation of the probiotics.7

3) Probiotics may boost your child’s immune health

Giving your child the best probiotic & prebiotic supplement may protect them against a wide range of harmful organisms. There is, after all, a strong connection between our digestive and immune systems, primarily because most immune cells are found in the gut.8

Probiotics activate certain immune cells in the gut, leading to the production of protective substances like antibodies and cytokines, which help protect your child against infection and disease.9

4) Probiotics may help fight inflammation and support weight management

Chronic inflammation is associated with many pediatric health issues, including childhood obesity, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome. The statistics on childhood obesity alone are shocking – nearly 41 million children under the age of 5 and over 340 million between 5 and 19 years old are either overweight or obese!10

Fortunately, taking high-quality probiotics may help lower inflammation. In a study of 206 children who were either overweight or obese, probiotics significantly reduced their inflammation, decreased bad cholesterol levels, and increased adiponectin levels. Low adiponectin levels are associated with obesity-linked illnesses.11

That said, starting early with the right food choices for your child is challenging but necessary. It helps ensure they grow healthy and reduces the risk of serious health issues as adults.

Related article: 7 Signs of Food Intolerance in Children

5) Probiotics may offer respiratory health benefits to children

Respiratory infections in young children shouldn’t be taken lightly. According to the WHO, acute respiratory infections are responsible for almost 20% of all deaths of children under 5.

Thankfully, there is evidence that probiotics may help prevent colds and other respiratory tract infections (RTI) in kids. One study, with over 5000 subjects between the ages of 3 months and 7 years, reported that Lactobacillus probiotics significantly reduced the duration of RTIs.12

Similarly, Zhao et al. reviewed 23 studies involving 6,950 participants, ranging from infants to seniors. They found that probiotics helped decrease the chances of catching an RTI. For those who did get sick, probiotics helped reduce the frequency and duration of the infection. Moreover, the probiotics also lessened the need for antibiotics to treat RTIs.13

Why choose our Intelligent Labs Kids Probiotics & Prebiotics?

Our Kids Probiotics & Prebiotics is the best toddler probiotic designed to meet children’s needs. It features the patented strains Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium lactis. Both strains are backed by extensive research and offer various health benefits.

kids probiotics and prebiotics with sandwich on the side

Each chewable tablet is packed with a guaranteed minimum of 6 Billion CFU, ensuring a potent dose that supports your child’s health.

We’ve also added 2 types of non-digestible fibers called ‘prebiotics’ to nourish the probiotics in case they wake up before use.

Also, no refrigeration is needed. Our innovative Active Packaging Technology helps optimize the probiotics’ survival from the warehouse to your home.

Lastly, to ensure your child will enjoy our probiotics, we chose a sugar-free wildberry-licious flavor. It’s a hit among kids, and there’s basically no risk of them getting tooth decay from this product! 

How much probiotics should you give your toddler?

Our Kids Probiotics contain 6 Billion CFU per tablet. We suggest giving 1 tablet for daily maintenance. If your child needs to take more, please consult your pediatrician. 

Also, we recommend giving our product to toddlers around 2-3 years old who already know how to chew. If they struggle chewing, crush the tablet and mix it into milk, water, or juice.

Can your toddler take probiotics with antibiotics?

Yes, it’s beneficial for your child to take probiotics alongside antibiotics, as research indicates this can speed up their recovery after completing the antibiotic treatment. However, it’s advised to space out the intake of probiotics and antibiotics by at least 2 hours to minimize the chance of the antibiotics killing the probiotic bacteria. 

What are the possible side effects of giving toddlers probiotics?

The studies we referenced above have reported that probiotics have an excellent safety profile.14 But a little gas, bloating, or even diarrhea are common side effects, especially during the first few days. It is the body’s natural response while the gut microbiome is rebalancing. 


In conclusion, giving your toddler our Kids Probiotics & Prebiotics can be a healthy addition to their daily routine. It’s one of the best pediatric supplements you can give to your toddler (and even older children, too), supporting not only their digestive health but their overall well-being, too.

For a comprehensive overview of our probiotics, refer to our ultimate guide on probiotic supplements.


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