From the moment of birth, the colonization of your baby's gut microbiota begins and will shape their future health.
The microbial community plays a crucial role in the development of your child's immune system particularly during infancy and childhood. Many factors, the mode of birth, diet, environment, and antibiotic use will impact the gut microbiome and in turn development and health.
Some preterm babies are at risk of developing a serious bowel condition, Necrotising Enterocolitis (NEC). The principle for doctors in trying to prevent this was to supplement with a probiotic to help establish the bacterial species normally found in the gut of a healthy, full term breastfeed infant.
These are the Bifdobacterium and Lactobacillus species which help the immune system fight pathogens, provide intestinal integrity, and promote healthy digestion.(1)
Finding the right product proved difficult.
Despite a concentrated search, no local Australian product was found to meet the demanding criteria of therapeutic efficacy, drug level manufacturing, demonstrated safety, and contaminant free.(2)
After careful selection, Infloran was first introduced to the Nepean Hospital in 2012 and today the routine practice of bacterial supplementation with this proboiotic is found throughout Australian and New Zealand Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU) and Special Care Nurseries (SCN).
Infloran can now be ordered from your pharmacy or online from https://www.infloran.com.au.
Formulated with Bifidobacterium Bifidum NCDO 2203 and Lactobacillus acidophilus NCDO 1748
How to use Infloran:
Infloran - carefully selected, evidence based.
Ask your pharmacists to order or available on at https://www.infloran.com.au.
Always read the label. Use only as directed. If symptoms persist, talk to your healthcare professional.
Breastmilk for premature and sick babies
Importantly, breastmilk contains human milk oligosaccharides (HMO’s) a carbohydrate nutrient source not for your baby but instead as a prebiotic to stimulate growth of beneficial microorganisms, in particular Bifidobacterium, the dominant species of healthy breastfed infants.
A recent UK study led by Dr Lindsay Hall demonstrated that bacterial supplementation with Bifidobacterium bifidum and Lactobacillus acidophilus can modulate the preterm infant gut microbiota to one of a healthy breastfed infant.
“This is one of the largest studies with preterm infants to date, and we were excited to find that matching the right probiotic Bifidobacterium - a strain that can digest breast milk – allowed it to persist in the gut and as a result reduce potentially nasty bacteria that have been associated with serious infections.” Said Dr Lindsay Hall
Watch this video on 'Probiotics saving tiny lives':