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17 February 2017

Digestive Health for Kids

This post was sponsored by Align as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

As an autism mom, I have to be proactive.  I have to anticipate things that can put stress on him, because that stress manifests as behavior.  When we are doing school work, I have to be prepared and have the day's lessons ready so I can work on predicting potential problems.  We follow a sensory diet during our homeschool time, which helps prevent negative behavior before it starts.  When we go somewhere, I have to be prepared with activities and therapy items to help him stay calm if there's a long wait or other unexpected surprise that happens.

Another way that I'm proactive is by giving him probiotics every day to help his little body with digestive support.  Digestive problems are fairly common in kids on the spectrum, so I've been giving him probiotics for a few years now with great success.  Since I take Align myself, I give him Align Jr.  We like Align Jr. because they are chewable, which is easier for him than swallowing a pill.  Right now, you can print a $5 coupon for Align Jr. for your kids to try it.

digestive health for kids

Digestive Health for Kids

Stress is a natural part of being an adult, whether it's good stress or bad stress.  We don't think of stress being a problem for kids, but it is.  Changes in your child's diet or routine can cause stress, even if they are good changes.  Even having a busy morning getting ready for school can be stressful.  I thought our busy mornings would be gone when we started homeschooling, but they aren't.  Mornings are just tough.

Since my son has autism, even small disruptions in his daily schedule can cause a lot of stress.  We have a routine that we follow, but sometimes life just happens.  I try my best to keep to a routine, but I can't control everything unfortunately.

All of the stressors that happen each day can cause a disruption in a child's digestive health.  That's where Align Jr. helps me be proactive so we can help him keep his digestive system healthy.*

Align Jr. comes from the makers of Align, which is the #1 Doctor and Gastroenterologist-recommended probiotic brand‡.  Align Jr. comes in chewables for kids ages 6 to 12.  And it doesn't have artificial colors, so it's safe for my son to take.

ǂ Among gastroenterologists and doctors who recommended a brand of probiotic in an AlphaImpactRx 2016 Survey.

Being an autism mom isn't easy, but at least now I have one less thing to worry about.

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Cari Dunn
Cari Dunn

Cari lives on a small farm in Ohio with her husband, three kids, two dogs, two cats, five goats, several chickens, and homing pigeons. She loves Gilmore Girls, coffee, and her kids. Not in that order.