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Should Children Take Enzymes?

from Jana Mitcham
September 12, 2005

If your general philosophy towards health is to prevent and be proactive, you should definitely give your child enzymes. In order to make sure your child gets proper nutrient acquisition, you want to promote optimal digestion, a healthy immune system, and a healthy GI tract with proper elimination.

Can children take enzymes?

Yes, absolutely. You can give digestive enzymes to infants, toddlers, and young children. For toddlers and young children, Vitamark recommends the basic protocol of Super Vi-Gest, Revitalgen, and Probiotic. If children can't swallow the capsule they can be pulled apart easily and mixed with water or juice. (For young children who can't follow the Suggested Use, mix it by adding the liquid a little at a time, when powder is assimilated and mixture is liquid (may be as little as 1 cc of liquid used) give to child by spoon, oral syringe or medicine dropper.

How do I give the digestive enzymes to a baby?

When breast-feeding, we first suggest that the mother take the basic enzyme protocol a digestive formula such as Super Vi-Gest, a proteolytic formula like Revitalgen and our Probiotic to ensure that her digestion is optimal. Many times this calms the baby's digestive system as well. However, if the baby's digestion still needs assistance, you can easily and safely administer the enzymes. Simply pull apart the Super Vi-Gest capsule, mix the powder in a small amount of tepid water or room temperature juice ? mix approximately 1cc and administer as suggested above. Give it to the baby before the normal feeding. At times, it may be difficult to give the enzymes prior to feeding. If this is the case, you may give the enzymes to the baby after feeding.

If the baby is being formula-fed, the enzymes should be mixed with 1cc of tepid water or room temperature juice and given just before feeding, as described above. Note: Do not mix the enzymes with formula in the bottle, as it will begin digesting the formula immediately. If it is difficult to give the enzymes prior to feeding, the enzymes may be given after feeding.

How much do you recommend and how often?

Our rule of thumb is to address the need. This means the dose you give a toddler may be the same as the dose you give an adult, if their need is the same.

A safe and effective protocol for children is:

1-3 Super Vi-Gest with every meal

2 Revitalgen 3 times daily between meals

3 Probiotic at bedtime or 1 in the morning and 2 at bedtime

For infants:

1-2 Super Vi-Gest with each feeding

1 Probiotic in the AM and 1-2 Probiotic in the PM

Revitalgen may be added as needed between feedings and/or with feedings depending on circumstances

Enzyme Tri Pack: 2 Revitalgen, 2 Probiotic & 2 Super ViGest

 

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