I’ve read lots about the benefits of giving children probiotics – ranging from helping to prevent Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), to calming anxiety and treating diarrhoea. While there’s evidence to support a lot of those claims, according to the NHS there’s not enough evidence to support others (helping colic, treating eczema, boosting the immune system) but overall the NHS states that taking probiotics has proven helpful to many people, children included.
I’ve given probiotics to my children but the issue was never about whether to give them probiotics, but more about how to. I’ve tried sachets of powder sneaked into smoothies and milkshakes (both kids noticed and were put off) and for my oldest child, I’ve tried giving probiotics in tablet form – cue gag reflex and high drama as he tried and failed to swallow the pill.
So I was intrigued to receive samples of a new probiotic for children on the market that comes in a straw.
Children’s Alflorex® uses pre-filled straws containing a droplet of liquid which delivers just the right dose of, and I’ll refer to the press release here “an elite bacterial culture which has been specifically selected to work where it is needed in the human gut”.
So, the idea is you put the straw in a glass of milk, water or juice, or whatever your child prefers, they take three sips and that’s enough to ingest the dose.
We put it to the test.
Maybe it was because it was early morning and I wasn’t quite awake, but the instructions on the side of the box do make it seem a little more complicated than it actually is. You open the wrapper, pull out the straw, pop it in a glass of liquid blue side down, and then your child takes three sips. The other issue was that the wrapping was slightly tricky to get off – note to manufacturers, please can you make it a little easier?
On the plus side, my children liked the novelty factor of it – they’ll drink anything if it has a straw in it! – and said the dose was tasteless and really couldn’t tell they were drinking it.
My children don’t have any medical issues which warrant using probiotics so it would be hard (and too early) for me to say whether Alflorex made a difference to their health. But as a way of delivering a probiotic quickly and easily to kids I think this definitely is very very good.
Children’s Alflorex is suitable for children aged three years and over. You can buy the pre-filled straws, as well as a children’s drink, online at www.alflorexbiotics.com or from selected pharmacies (check the website for one near you). One box contains a four-week supply of 30 pre-filled straws and costs around £29.95 per pack.
This post does not contain affiliate links. Meals Our Kids Love is never paid to post reviews in The Friday Dish. If we receive free samples we will always state this either at the top, bottom or in the actual post itself. For this week’s Friday Dish we received one free sample of Alflorex (1 box). We only publish reviews of products we love and think our readers will too.