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Gut Health for Kids & Teens with Dr. Elisa Song

How the Gut Develops in Childhood May Impact Immune and Mental Health

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Maintaining good gut health for kids and teens is crucially important to overall health. 

Today my guest, Dr. Elisa Song, explains how the developing gut impacts other body systems that are also in development like: 


-The brain

That means that however we support (or don’t) kids’ gut health may have profound effects on their current and future health.  

Please join us for a fascinating conversation about the significance of good gut health for infants, children, and teens. 

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00:00 Intro 

03:46 Setting the stage for health

07:41 Childhood antibiotics & mental health

13:00 Considering antibiotic alternatives 

17:58 Probiotics 

27:30 Prebiotics

31:44 Mom’s diet & health matters

36:50 Infant formula

46:20 Adult vs. infant elemental formulas

50:15 Meeting kids where they’re at

1:02:44 Teenage mental health

Dr. Elisa Song, MD is a Stanford-, NYU-, UCSF-trained integrative pediatrician, pediatric functional medicine

expert, and mom to 2 thriving children. In her integrative pediatric practice, Whole Family Wellness

(, she’s helped 1000s of kids get to the root causes of their health concerns

and empowered parents to help their children thrive – body, mind, and spirit – by integrating conventional

pediatrics with functional medicine, homeopathy, acupuncture, herbal medicine, and essential oils. Dr. Song

created Healthy Kids Happy Kids ( as an online holistic pediatric resource

to help practitioners and parents bridge the gap between conventional and integrative pediatrics with an

evidence-based, pediatrician-backed, mom-approved approach.

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DISCLAIMER: The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider before starting any new treatment or discontinuing an existing treatment.

Music featured in this video: “Modern Technology” by Andrew G, 

*Full transcript available on YouTube by clicking the “Show transcript” button on the bottom right of the video.

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