Bottle of ProbioticYesterday I wrote a post about my 5 Best Probiotics For Adults. Feel free to check that post out too since it has a lot of good general information about probiotics. Today I am going to review what I consider to be 4 of the best probiotics for kids.

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Selection Criteria: What To Look For

The main 3 pieces of information that I look for when I compare probiotics for kids are:

  1. Number of Billions of CFU (colony forming units): For kids, the appropriate number of CFU is considerably less than for adults. 0.5 – 3 Billion is appropriate for children from what I have researched.
  2. Is refrigeration is required? I prefer to keep all of my kid’s supplements on the same shelf, so I would prefer not to have to refrigerate their daily probiotics.
  3. Cost: There are many good quality kid’s supplements available for 15-30 cents per serving.

Nature’s Way Primadophilus for Children

This product is a powder which can be mixed in with breastmilk, milk, applesauce or yogurt for a child of any age. The label says for ages 2 and under to consult a health professional, which is typical for all of the products I will be reviewing.

  1. This product contains 3 Billion CFU per serving. The serving size is 1 teaspoon.
  2. Storage Instructions: “Keep refrigerated to maintain maximum potency.”
  3. This product is available in a 5oz container for the following current price:
    1. $12.63 ($0.27 / Serving)

Other ingredients include rice maltodextrin and silica.

Nature’s Way Primadophilus for Kids

This product is a chewable tablet. Unfortunately when my kids tried it, they said the tablets were very hard to chew. They did not finish the bottle.

  1. This product contains 3 Billion CFU per serving. The serving size is 1 chewable tablet.
  2. Storage Instructions: “Keep refrigerated to maintain maximum potency.”
  3. This product is available in a 30 tablet bottle for the following current prices:
    1. Price for Cherry Flavor, Pack of 2: $13.61 ($0.23 / Serving)
    2. Price for Orange Flavor, Pack of 2: $15.18 ($0.25 / Serving)

Other ingredients for the cherry flavor include sorbitol, xylitol, cellulose, natural cherry flavor, magnesium stearate, citric acid, silica, and ascorbic acid. May contain a minimal residual amount of milk or soy proteins.

Other ingredients for the orange flavor include sorbitol, xylitol, cellulose, magnesium stearate, citric acid, silica, turmeric, natural orange flavor, natural vanilla flavor, and ascorbic acid. May contain a minimal residual amount of milk or soy proteins.

Nature’s Plus – Animal Parade Acidophikidz

This is a chewable tablet. My kids haven’t tried this particular product, but they have taken other chewable supplements by Nature’s Plus Animal Parade. My daughter will eat Animal Parade chewables, but my son won’t anymore. He says he doesn’t like the texture.

  1. This product contains 1 Billion CFU per serving. The serving size is 1 animal-shaped chewable tablet.
  2. Storage Instructions: “Keep tightly closed in a cool, dry place.”
  3. This product is available in a 90 tablet bottle for the following current prices:
    1. Price: $15.99 ($0.18 / Serving)
    2. Price for Pack of 2: $27.74 ($0.15 / Serving)

Other ingredients include HerbaFlor (a complex of Rhododendron Root [Rhododendron caucasicum extract and botanical growth accelerants – Fructooligosaccharides [FOS] from Dahlia Tuber [Dahlia inula] and Chicory Root [Chichorium intybus]; Wild Clover Honey, Fructose, natural flavor, natural colors, citric acid, magnesium stearate.

Rainbow Light Probiolicious Gummies

This is a gummy probiotic. It is the one that all three of my kids currently like and take.

  1. This product contains 500 Million (0.5 Billion) CFU per serving. The serving size for children is 1 gummy.
  2. Storage instructions: “No refrigeration required. Store in a cool, dry place, away from heat and direct sunlight.”
  3. This product is available in a 50 gummy bottle for the following current prices:
    1. Price: $12.93 ($0.26 / Serving)
    2. One-time Purchase (100 / Pack of 2): $26.40 ($0.26 / Serving)
      1. Subscribe & Save 5%: $25.08 ($0.25 / Serving)
      2. Subscribe & Save 15%: $22.44 ($0.22 / Serving)

Other ingredients include Water, cane sugar, gelatin, citric acid, lactici acid, tartaric acid, natural glazin agent (vegetable oil, beeswax), natural color (black carot), natural flavor (cranberry).

So What Should You Choose?

Given the way the pricing comes out, I recommend seeing if your kid will take the Nature’s Plus – Animal Parade Acidophikidz first. Since one of my kids won’t take that one, I’m satisfied with what they are getting from the Rainbow Light Probiolicious Gummies. These are also the two products that don’t require refrigeration, which is my preference.

The Nature’s Way products are high quality though and definitely higher-potency. So if your child has any digestive issues or is taking antibiotics, I would see if one of those two works better for you. I use the powder when my kids are under age two and needed to take antibiotics. I really don’t worry about giving probiotics to my kids when they are younger than age two otherwise.

Do your kids take a probiotic supplement? If so, please let me know about your experiences in the comments below.

 

Amanda is the founder of Survival With Kids. She is the mother of 4 kids (two boys and two girls). She became a brain cancer widow in April of 2017 at the age of 32. She writes about surviving and preparing for unexpected events.

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Infant Acetaminophen and SyringeAs I mentioned in my post on Ear Infections, I like to use Acetaminophen occasionally to help keep noses running and to keep them from becoming a stuffy nose (which can lead to ear infections).

If you check out the children’s pain relief section of your local pharmacy, you will probably see three choices in the infant pain relievers: Infants’ TYLENOL® Oral Suspension, Little Remedies® Infant Fever/Pain Reliever and a store brand version (I will use CVS Infants Pain Relief Liquid – Cherry as my example, but ingredients do vary somewhat among store brands).

Ingredients: Some Better Than Others

All three products will have the same active ingredient: Acetaminophen 160 mg in each 5 mL. The differences become apparent when you compare the inactive ingredients.

  • Tylenol (Grape Flavor): anhydrous citric acid, butylparaben, D&C red no. 33, FD&C blue no. 1, flavors, glycerin, high fructose corn syrup, microcrystalline cellulose and carboxymethylcellulose sodium, propylene glycol, purified water, sodium benzoate, sorbitol solution, sucralose, xanthan gum
  • Tylenol (Cherry Flavor): anhydrous citric acid, butylparaben, FD&C red no. 40, flavors, glycerin, high fructose corn syrup, microcrystalline cellulose and carboxymethylcellulose sodium, propylene glycol, purified water, sodium benzoate, sorbitol solution, sucralose, xanthan gum
  • Little Remedies (Natural Berry): Citric acid, glycerin, natural flavors, potassium sorbate, povidone, propylene glycol, purified water, sodium citrate, sucralose, sucrose and xanthan gum.
  • CVS (Cherry Flavor): Anhydrous Citric Acid, Butylparaben, Calcium Sulfate, Carrageenan, FD&C Red 40, Flavor, Glycerin, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Hydroxyethyl Cellulose, Microcrystalline Cellulose and Carboxymethylcellulose Sodium, Propylene Glycol, Purified Water, Sodium Benzoate, Sorbitol Solution, Tribasic Sodium Phosphate.

As you can see, there are quite a few similarities between the Tylenol version and the CVS brand version. There are also quite a few differences between the two and the Little Remedies version. The two main differences are in the sweeteners and the food coloring.

Sweeteners: Please Not High Fructose Corn Syrup

Sugar in a BowlThe Tylenol product has both high fructose corn syrup and sucralose. The Little Remedies product has both sucralose and sucrose. The CVS product uses only High Fructose Corn Syrup.

The dangers of High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) are heavily debated. Many sources indicate, such as this one from Huffington Post, that our bodies do not process HFCS the same was as table sugar which can lead to an increase in diabetes.

I don’t know if there is enough HFCS in a dose of Acetaminophen to make a huge difference, but I feel there is compelling enough evidence to try to avoid as much HFCS as possible. Therefore if there is an alternative product that does not contain HFCS, that will generally be my preference.

I am not thrilled that the Little Remedies product has sucralose in it as newer studies are showing it as being less and less safe, but I have yet to find an infant Acetaminophen that only has sucrose (or normal table sugar) as the only ingredient. If you know of one, please let me know in the comments section below.

Artifical Food Coloring / Dye: Color Me Purple

Both the Tylenol product and the CVS product have artificial food coloring. When you look at the liquid, it will be either purple (grape) or pink (cherry). One of the most readily observable concerns with artificial colors, especially Red #40, is that it seems to cause hyperactivity in children. The concerns are described in more detail on this page by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, but I have observed this effect in my own children as well as in other children.

Little Remedies is artificial color / dye free. The color of the liquid itself is a faint beige color. The additional benefit of not having any dye is that when your kid dribbles a little bit out, that it doesn’t stain the clothes.

So What Do I Recommend

So despite a few misgivings about the sucralose, I currently recommend and use Little Remedies Acetaminophen.

The 2 oz. Infant version comes with a syringe dispenser. The 4 oz. Children’s version comes with a cup, but still has the syringe accepting lid. So if you have kids young enough that you need the syringe, I recommend that you get the infant version the first time, keep the syringe, and get the large bottle Children’s version the next time. It has the same active ingredient of Acetaminophen 160 mg in each 5 mL.

I have included amazon.com ‘shop now’ boxes with current pricing for both products to the right. The Infant version is the image on the top and the Children’s version is the image on the bottom.

For additional savings per oz. on the infant version, there is a two pack available through the same infant product link. However once you have the syringe, you can see that there is definite cost savings by using the Children’s version. For additional savings, the Children’s version is available via Amazon Subscribe and Save for an additional 5-15% off.

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Amanda is the founder of Survival With Kids. She is the mother of 4 kids (two boys and two girls). She became a brain cancer widow in April of 2017 at the age of 32. She writes about surviving and preparing for unexpected events.

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