People who suffer from functional gut disorders have a hypersensitive bowel and an altered gut flora environment1. Evidence has shown that the balance of ‘good’ bacteria in the gut is crucial in alleviating disease2,3.
Probiotics are used to assist in the treatment and prevention of conditions linked to an imbalance in the gut flora.4.
Up to 40 % of all babies cry inconsolably and excessively, accompanied by bouts of fussiness and gas passing7.
Colic is defined as unexplained episodes of fussing and crying for at least 3 hours per day for 3 days per week for at least 1 week7.
Colic can start as early as 2 weeks of age, peaking between 6 and 8 weeks of age, and diminishing between 3 and 4 months of age7 .While colic can resolve spontaneously7. it can be very distressing for both the parents and infant29-30.
Despite decades of research, the cause of colic remains uncertain.7,30 There are probably multiple contributing factors29-30.
While there is no widely accepted treatment for colic,8. many alternative therapies are used to assist in calming colic, such as increased carrying, chiropractic treatment, tummy massage and a restrictive diet for breast-feeding mothers8,29.
In recent years, the role of gut flora has come into focus7,9,30.
Using Reuterina™ during the first 3 months of life can reduce the onset of colic,9 with a 95 % successful response.30 In one clinical study, infants taking Reuterina® showed reduced crying times after just 1 week of use8.
Trust Reuterin®, for the treatment and prevention of colic,3 with just 5 drops a-day31.
just 5 drops a-day.31
Regurgitation is particularly common in early infancy and is defined as the backflow of gastric content into the mouth34.
More than 50 % of infants between 3 – 4 months of age experience daily regurgitation34.
Infant regurgitation represents 25 % of paediatric consultations!9.
A daily dose of 5 Reuterina® drops has been clinically proven to reduce episodes of regurgitation in babies.
Constipation is a common and distressing problem for both adults and children. It can be occasional or functional (long-term) and can leave you or your child feeling bloated, gassy and generally uncomfortable.
Constipation relief can often be attained through dietary changes, increase in fluids and regular exercise.
Functional constipation is often associated with an imbalance in GUT flora and the using the right probiotics daily can assist in relieving gas and bloating and increasing bowel movements.
Probiotics have been shown to improve gut motility (movement of contents through the intestines). This is beneficial in the treatment of constipation11.
Reuterina® has shown positive effects on bowel movements for infants and across childhood11,12. Supplementation over a period of 4 weeks can fully normalise bowel movements in infants 6 months of age and older11.
Constipation increases with age and is more common in women than men17.
Chronic constipation, along with associated symptoms of bloating and discomfort, can negatively affect a person’s quality of life17.
There is a growing interest for the use of probiotics for chronic constipation and constipation associated with irritable bowel syndrome in adults16,18.
Clinical trials with Reuterina® in adults with chronic constipation has shown a positive improvement in bowel movements after only 4 weeks of supplementation16,18.
Reuterina®, compared to no treatment, is beneficial for abdominal discomfort, pain and bloating associated with constipation17.
Reuterina® has been shown to improve gut motility, reduce excess gas and bloating and increase daily bowel movements in babies, children and adults with functional constipation.
Supplementation over a 4 week period can fully normalise bowel movements in children and reduce gas production in adults.
Functional abdominal pain (stomach pain without any identifiable cause) in children is common and can affect up to 20 % of all school-aged children14.
A child with functional abdominal pain will commonly experience stomach pain without infection together with significant anxiety, school absenteeism and frequent doctor visits13.
It has been clinically demonstrated that Reuterina™, given to children with functional abdominal pain (including irritable bowel syndrome), results in fewer days with pain compared to not taking any treatment15.
Diarrhoea can have a number of causes, such as antibiotic use, gastroenteritis (gastro), viruses or bacteria. Diarrhoea typically lasts between 12 and 72 hours and is a major cause of hospitalisation in children.
While first-line treatment of diarrhoea should be through a WHO approved rehydration solution (ORS), probiotics can assist in faster recovery through the reduction in severity and duration of diarrhoea.
Reuterina® restores and maintains a healthy balance of gut flora and can be used to prevent or treat diarrhoea24 or infection24.
The use of Reuterina® during a bout of diarrhoea, in conjunction with an ORS, can reduce the severity and duration of the diarrhoea, thereby speeding up recovery.
If diarrhoea persists for more than 3 days, you should consult your healthcare professional for further treatment.
The gut has a role to play in how our immune system functions46. Probiotics can help to restore the normal gut micro ecology, improve the immune function of the gut and also in this way reduce inflammation associated with allergy or an immune reaction46.
Probiotics have been shown to exert these ‘immune-modulatory effects’ on allergic disorders47. Lactobacillus reuteri DSM 17938 modulates the immune response in allergic children with asthma and has also shown to offer a benefit with Vitamin D in children undergoing immunotherapy47.
Lactobacillus reuteri DSM 17938 also has a role to play in the prevention of infectious diseases in day care centres27. Healthy children attending day care centres have a greatly reduced risk for contracting diarrhoea or respiratory tract infections when given a daily supplement of Lactobacillus reuteri DSM 1793827.
Gum disease impacts up to 50 % of the global population!
Gingivitis and periodontitis are types of gum disease that are both preventable and treatable if managed timeously. Plaque build-up is a risk factor for developing gum disease.
Some of the typical symptoms of gum disease are bleeding gums, bad breath, and painful chewing.
Reuterina™ lozenges can be used to assist in the treatment and prevention of gum disease.
Reuterina™ lozenges daily after tooth brushing, restore, promote and maintain a healthy balance of the oral microflora.