Sources of Oligosaccharides

Newborn Care

The previous article explained that if your baby gets constipated, you may give oligosaccharide to your baby. However, you may wonder when you can start giving it and how…?

In this article, we will explain the standard amount of oligosaccharide that even babies can eat and how to eat it.

What is oligosaccharide?

There is no specific rule that oligosaccharide can be given from a certain month. Oligosaccharide is contained in human breast milk, and babies who drink breast milk are born with oligosaccharide.

However, the amount of oligosaccharide to be given differs depending on the time of year, and some products should be avoided for babies. Although there is no definite rule on when to take oligosaccharide, you should be careful when giving your baby commercial oligosaccharide.

Sources of Oligosaccharides

Babies who only breastfeed

For babies who are exclusively breastfed, we recommend applying oligosaccharide water to the teats and giving it together with breast milk.

Babies who can drink milk

For babies who can drink milk, mix oligosaccharide into the milk and give it to them. Refer to the directions on each product for the amount of oligosaccharide to be given.

Babies who can eat weaning food

For babies who have already started weaning, mix it into their food. Mix it with porridge or yogurt.

How much oligosaccharide needed for the baby?

When giving oligosaccharide to babies, the amount needs to be adjusted according to their age and physical condition. It is best to consult with your doctor before giving it to your baby.

Under 6 months

Give 0.5g/day as a guideline; taking too much at one time may cause to have diarrhea. Adjust the amount according to your baby’s condition.

6 months and older

Give 1g/day as a guide. Since the age, weight, and constipation symptoms of babies vary greatly from a baby to a baby, adjust the dosage according to your baby’s condition. 1g per day is only a guideline, and each product may have a different volume, so be sure to check before giving.

Also, some products may contain honey or propolis, which may not be suitable for babies to take. Be sure to check the ingredients other than oligosaccharide as well.

Effects of oligosaccharides on babies

Can oligosaccharides cause tooth decay in babies?

Oligosaccharides are sometimes used in place of sugar as a substitute sweetener. It has a lower sweetness level than sugar and may be used by people with diabetes or obesity.

However, no matter how low the sweetness level is, it is still a sweetener. Some types of oligosaccharides are less likely to cause tooth decay, but after consuming oligosaccharides, brush your baby’s teeth and take other oral care measures.

Excessive intake can cause diarrhea.

Oligosaccharide increases lactobacillus bifidus and regulates the intestinal environment. This may be a good thing for mothers who are concerned about the condition of their babies’ movement. However, be careful not to give oligosaccharide too much. It may cause diarrhea depending on their health and condition. Be sure to follow the recommended dosage listed on the product.

Summary

Oligosaccharide can be helpful to improve your baby’s constipation. However, be aware of the amount of oligosaccharide that you can give to your baby. If you don’t know. It’s better to see your doctor first.

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