Antibiotics & Bacterial Flora

Children are more sensitive to antibiotic treatments than adults are, as their microbiota colonies are still developing. This makes them more vulnerable. 2

Alteration of Microbial Populations

A lack of beneficial microbes means the body is more susceptible to illness, and this includes digestive conditions. 4

Children Struggle to Rebalance Bacteria

This is especially true when those bacteria were reduced by antibiotics. It takes a young body a substantial amount of time to replenish the lost colonies, leaving a large window of vulnerability for a gut disorder to set in. 5

Viral Prescription Medications

Antibiotics can only work against bacterial infections. They are, however, often used to treat viral infections, but they are ineffective against those. This can be unnecessarily harmful to the intestines. 3

Symptoms of Antibiotic-Related Gut Disorders in Children

Children are more sensitive to antibiotic treatments than adults are. 6 Common occurrences include:

Allergic Reaction

Rashes and nausea are common when a child is introduced to an unfamiliar medication.7

Antibiotic-Associated Diarrhoea

Diarrhoea is common in children during antibiotic treatments, because of their effect on the gut microbiome. Kids experiencing this need to drink sufficient water to prevent dehydration. 8

Abdominal Pain

When antibiotics destroy the good bacteria in a child’s intestine, cramping and bloating tend to follow close behind. 9

Antibiotic Effects in Children: Tips & Remedies

When antibiotics have disrupted your child's digestive processes, you need to do what you can to help.

Provide a substantial diet

When the immune system is in a weakened state, a child needs healthy foods that supply energy and nutrients. 11

Increase fluid intake

If the antibiotics are causing diarrhoea, it’s important that you offer sufficient fluids to prevent the very real possibility of dehydration. 12

Keep to a strict schedule and dosage

Keeping to an antibiotic schedule can help a young body with better absorption, and provide much-needed time for regeneration. 10

How to Prevent Antibiotics from Affecting Your Child

As a parent, it’s your responsibility to try to protect the body of your child when it is undergoing antibiotic treatment.

Frequently Asked Questions

It’s important to be aware of what exactly an antibiotic is doing to your child’s digestive system. You probably have a few questions for us. Check out our FAQ.

  • About 1 in every 5 children will develop mild diarrhoea as a side effect to antibiotic treatment. 8

  • Antibiotics are sometimes a necessity when it comes to children’s health. 10 One way to help prevent the negative effects associated with these treatments would be to give the child a probiotic, such as Enterogermina® 2 Billion or 4 Billion.

  • Antibiotic-associated diarrhoea in children can be reduced by replenishing the intestinal flora wiped out by the medications. 8 Bacillus clausii is a spore-forming bacteria that can perform this function.

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Bacillus clausii is a type of spore-forming good bacteria that works to rebalance the flora in your intestine. When consumed regularly, it can help to manage different conditions associated with gut disorders.

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