Smidge Infant Probiotics
UPDATE: Please note that a 30% price increase was passed on by Smidge at EOFY. I realise the price point is extremely high and may be out of reach for some thus we are now also stocking the BioRay Infant Probiotic as an affordable alternative.
This is the purest, cleanest infant probiotic on the market. It contains seven clinically-proven probiotic strains that are naturally found in healthy infants — to help colonize little intestines with beneficial bacteria from the get-go. It also supports immunity, may help with common baby digestive issues like reflux (GERD), occasional diarrhea and constipation, and even skin issues like eczema.
Smidge Infant Probiotics are ideal for babies born by c-section who may have missed out on early bacterial colonisation as occurs with a vaginal birth.
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Smidge® Infant Probiotic does not contain certain strains found in other probiotics that can cause histamine intolerance, d-lactic acidosis or other adverse reactions. This means no strains that produce d-lactate, no streptococcus thermophilus, no spore-forming strains; and only histamine-neutral and histamine degrading strains.
There are no prebiotics in Smidge® Infant Probiotic. This is because prebiotics like inulin and maltodextrin are often included in other commercial brands as fillers, yet can feed pathogens and cause negative reactions in people with sensitive digestive systems. Breast milk already has its own unique prebiotics.
You also won’t find common allergens, additives or fillers. To give you even more peace of mind, we hatched this clean Infant Probiotic blend following extensive research and feedback from certified doctors and health practitioners — and parents like you. Its strains are non-GMO and are tested for purity, and free of prebiotics, GMOS, additives and common allergens.
Smidge Infant Probiotic powder works best with a wholesome, real food diet for mum and baby. Think healthy fats, organic or raw milk, wild-caught fish, grass-fed meat, organic vegetables; and the elimination of GMOs, soy, vegetable oils, additives, preservatives, chemicals and processed sugar/flour. If your baby is presently dealing with colic or reflux, focusing on the diet is absolutely imperative and following a paleo style diet tends to yield the best results.
Smidge®, makes a conscious effort to employ and support sustainable practices in all facets of their operation. From their choice of suppliers to environmental protection, lean manufacturing and consciously minimal packaging. Their carbon footprint is always a concern, and believe every little bit counts.
Testing and safety
Smidge Infant Probiotics are quality control, purity, potency and integrity tested at every step of the way –
• Heavy Metal Analysis (ICP-MS)
• Microbiology Analysis (Biolumix and 3M)
• Identity Testing (HPTLC and FTIR and DNA Testing)
• Potency Testing (HPLC)
• Systemized Operations (GMP process on ERP)
The Probiotic Strains…..
Smidge use only the highest-quality probiotic bacteria. All strains have been thoroughly researched, documented and banked in recognized microbial culture collections. All strains are non-GMO and tested for contaminants. They’re also vegan, free of common allergens and freeze-dried at collection to ensure potency. Freeze dried probiotics ensure that they are temperature stable, survive transport and are only activated upon contact with moisture.
With Smidge probiotics, each of the probiotic bacteria has been genetically characterized and properly classified by independent labs. We have chosen specific organisms that have demonstrated tolerance to low pH conditions (hydrochloric acid and pepsin at pH of 3 for one hour at 37°C), tolerance to bile at concentrations existing in the duodenum, and the ability to adhere to human epithelial cells. In other words, our probiotics can withstand acid in your stomach and secretions that naturally aid in the digestion process – and do their jobs of balancing your gut flora and further supporting digestion.
Bifidobacterium infantis: B. infantis is a folate-producing beneficial bacteria, primarily found in the gastrointestinal tracts of healthy infants (and human mouths). It seems to play a critical role in establishing a healthy intestinal lining and a robust and well-regulated immune system.* Research has also linked B. infantis to helping mitigate inflammation in the digestive system and throughout the body, stating that it may reduce the production of inflammatory cytokines.* Research suggests B. infantis regulates the production of tryptophan, which is the precursor for serotonin (the neurotransmitter associated with a sense of satisfaction and happiness).* A note on folate: it’s one of the B vitamins responsible for tissue growth and cell function.*
Bifidobacterium bifidum: Bifidobacteria are a group of bacteria that typically live in the human intestines and stomach, that help to perform essential functions like digestion and the maintenance of beneficial bacteria. One study suggests that B. bifidum may support immunity by staving off colds and touches of the flu in the winter months. Another clinical study indicates B. bifidum may help with abdominal discomfort caused by gas and bloating.* And yet another study states that B. bifidum can help with occasional diarrhea.* Clinical research suggests that B. bifidum can help maintain comfortable joint movement.* There’s also a correlation to improved mental health (boosting mood and easing anxiety), as bifidobacterium is classified as a “psychobiotic”, which affects central nervous system-related functions and behaviors mediated by the gut-brain-axis.
Bifidobacterium longum: One of the first bacteria to colonize our bodies at birth, B. longum has been associated with helping to digest milk and other challenging foods, as it produces lactic acid from the fermentation of sugar in the gut.* Research suggests that B. longum may support immunity and growth in children.* It’s also linked to helping maintain healthy cholesterol levels already within a normal range.* And it’s been studied to help alleviate stress.
Lactobacillus salivarius: L. salivarius is one of the most prevalent probiotic species in human saliva. It produces organic acids, such as lactic acid and acetic acid from carbohydrates. L. salivarius seems to help keep the microbial population in the mouth healthy.* Also, several clinical trials indicate that L. salivarius seems to help support the immune system and, as a result, support healthy skin.* Importantly, researchers state that it may keep the vagina healthy and comfortable by promoting a healthy pH balance.*
Bifidobacterium breve: B. breve is one of the most helpful probiotic bacteria in the human body due to its unique ability to compete with harmful bacteria by digesting a large variety of molecules. It’s also prevalent in the colons of breastfed babies. B. breve is linked to helping with occasional constipation in children.* And when combined with a gluten-free (real food) diet, B. breve promotes microbial balance in the digestive tracts of children.* B. breve seems to play a role in helping to establish a healthy microbiome, based on trials involving preterm babies. And, clinical research suggests it may be useful in recolonizing the guts of children who have undergone chemotherapy.*
Bifidobacterium lactis: A transient probiotic bacteria that inhabit the human intestines and the colon, B. lactis breaks down body waste and aids in the absorption of various vitamins and minerals.* One study showed that B. lactis helped preterm babies gain weight and helped develop their immune systems.* Beyond the babies, extensive research has shown that B. lactis is useful when it comes to abdominal comfort and proper digestion, helping to get the colon in shape and making occasional constipation a thing of the past.* Notably, preliminary lab research indicates B. lactis shows exciting potential in neutralizing certain issues associated with wheat.*
Lactobacillus gasseri: L. gasseri is naturally found in the human digestive and urinary tracts. It’s been shown in clinical trials to help people lose weight.* Preliminary research indicates that L. gasseri may inhibit inflammation signaling at the genetic level.* L. gasseri may also support healthy cholesterol levels already within a normal range.*
Newborn/infant- Start with 1/2 – 1 Smidge spoonful during mealtime. Increase to two Smidge spoonfuls, daily over a two week period.
**Increase or decrease over time, as needed
Start low and slow: The probiotic strains are premium, pure, and potent. Therefore, it’s essential to start slowly, with a lower dosage than recommended.
How to take: Use your mini Smidge dosage spoon to accurately measure your desired dose of probiotic powder. You can sprinkle Smidge Infant Probiotic on lukewarm or cold food. Or it can be mixed in breastmilk, formula, a smoothie or organic milk of choice. For toddlers and older children, the Infant Probiotic can be taken with an organic fat, like butter, ghee, emu oil or coconut oil.
Smidge has a shelf life of 18 months once opened and stored in the refrigerator.
** Some children may experience a little discomfort in the initial weeks of starting Smidge probiotics. Like with all probiotics, as you rebalance your internal ecosystem, some of the pathogens and undigested foods that are pushed out may not leave gracefully. As these unwanted bacteria “die off,” they can cause mild gas, bloating, diarrhea, rash or constipation. Within a few weeks, once a healthy microbial community is established and the body has cleaned out much of the toxins, these discomforts should end.