Abbott Launches Duphalac Bears in India: Supporting Children’s Digestive Health and Helping Them Live Healthier Lives

 Abbott Launches Duphalac Bears in India:  Supporting Children’s Digestive Health and Helping Them Live Healthier Lives

KOLKATA — Abbott announced in India, the launch of Duphalac Bears, a new product featuring fruit-flavoured gummy bears designed to support children’s digestive health, helping them live healthier lives. Duphalac Bears launched in strawberry fruit flavor is a food supplement and meets FSSAI (Food Safety and Standards Authority of India) regulations. It provides the advantages of a trusted prebiotic and encourages the growth of good bacteria in the digestive system while reducing levels of unfriendly bacteria.[1] These gummy bears are easy to take for children and promote healthy intestinal balance as well as bowel regulation.[2]

In addition to helping raise levels of good bacteria in the gut, DuphalacTM Bears contains lactulose, a prebiotic derived from milk, which helps to increase the absorption of calcium, helping children grow strong and healthy bones.[3] The prevalence of childhood constipation ranges between 0.7% & 29.6%, and most cases tend to occur during the age of toilet training, when children are two to three years old.[4] A healthy digestive system plays a vital role in good nutrition, by breaking down food effectively and ensuring that essential nutrients are properly absorbed, to help children thrive.[5] Moreover, almost 70% of the human body’s immune system is active in the gut, making a well-functioning digestive system essential for better immunity and health.[6] Tasty, chewable lactulose-based gummies can help relieve the symptoms of childhood constipation by softening stool and facilitating regular motion.[7]

“Multiple factors can trigger childhood constipation, including rushed morning routines, difficult toilet training periods and poor diets.[8] Though it can be treated effectively, our research shows that only 30% of parents consult a doctor on time. Pediatricians also observe that children undergoing treatment frequently have a relapse, usually due to non-adherence,” said Dr. Srirupa Das, Medical Director, Abbott India. “A healthy digestive system is paramount to children’s physical growth and mental development. The launch of DuphalacTM Bears is an important and innovative step in supporting children’s digestive health, so that they can thrive and take part in activities they enjoy doing,” she added.

Commenting on the need for a long-term gut health solution for children Dr. Jaydeb Ray,

Head of Pediatrics, ICH(Institute Of Child Health), said, “Despite the fact that about one in three children face constipation during toilet training, child gut health can often go unaddressed. In my experience, parents report child constipation late, and usually continue with home remedies for a month or two before seeking help. Timely and sustained treatment is important to establish consistent and healthy toilet habits. Palatable child-friendly prebiotics can not only help relieve constipation, but also promote better long-term digestive health in kids.”

The digestive system is home to trillions of bacteria, some of which are a key part of digestive health as they can help process food.[9] These “friendly” bacteria are nourished by prebiotics such as lactulose,[10] which promotes a healthy intestinal balance for children.

About Prebiotics:

Prebiotics are non-digestible food ingredients that can be found in fruits and vegetables such as onions, garlic, and bananas.[11] They work in the following ways[12]: by encouraging the growth of good bacteria (including Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus activated by prebiotics such as lactulose) in the digestive system while reducing levels of bad bacteria; by reducing the time it takes for food to be transported through the intestines; and by increasing the level of calcium absorption from the intestines.


Prebiotics are different from probiotics. Probiotics are live microorganisms found in fermented dairy products such as yoghurt, which have been shown to improve the balance of bacteria in a person’s intestines and can increase the number of friendly bacteria in the gut[13], whereas prebiotics release nutrients that encourage the growth and activity of friendly digestive bacteria.[14]


About DuphalacTM Bears

DuphalacTM Bears contains lactulose, which promotes a healthy intestinal microbial balance in the digestive system and helps in the absorption of nutrients like calcium more easily.[15] DuphalacTM Bears is not recommended for children under 3 years of age due to the small size of the gummy bears, which may increase choking risks. For children aged 3-6 years, up to 2 DuphalacTM Bears per day is recommended. For children aged 7-14 years, up to 4 DuphalacTM Bears per day is recommended.[16]

About Abbott

Abbott is a global healthcare leader that helps people live more fully at all stages of life. Our portfolio of life-changing technologies spans the spectrum of healthcare, with leading businesses and products in diagnostics, medical devices, nutritionals and branded generic medicines. Our 107,000 colleagues serve people in more than 160 countries. In India, Abbott was established in 1910, and is one of the country’s oldest and most admired healthcare companies. With over 12,000 employees in the country, Abbott in India is helping to meet the healthcare needs of consumers, patients and doctors throughout urban and rural India.

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