Probiotics/Leaky Gut... opinions please!

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Probiotics/Leaky Gut... opinions please!
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Fri, 11-18-2005 - 3:31pm

My pediatrician just suggested probiotics for my two and a half year old little boy. I have never been one to use herbal remedies or supplements, but I have decided to try probiotics. My son has had really nasty,loose stools for about two months now. He had an ear infection in August, went on Omnicef (antibiotic that always gives him horrible diarrhea and once even a fungal infection on his bottom) and his stools have been abnormal since. I'm wondering if there is a link between this and his autism-like behavior, as I have been reading a lot about Leaky Gut syndrome. I should also note that his dramatic speech regression and rather sudden onset of autism symptoms started around that same time.

I've considered contacting a pediatric gastroenterologist, but thought I'd give the probiotics a try and follow up with my pediatrician first. Has anyone ever used probiotics? Did they help with behavior and/or loose stools? I'd also like to know if anyone out there has seen a specialist for similar issues. Is Leaky Gut taken seriously by the medical community? I mentioned my concerns to my son's neurologist and he didn't seem too interested.

Thanks,
Robin

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Mon, 11-21-2005 - 9:40pm

Also check out these sites

www.pecanbread.com a site for parents of ASD kids following the Specific Carbohydrate Diet

www.breakingtheviciouscycle.info a site that describes the Specific Carbohydrate Diet

We did this diet for a year predx searching for some insight to what made our DS tick. The diet route did little to help our DS behavior in the long run other than let us know that his issue wasn't diet or allergy related. It did also clear up his chronic constipation and eczema (which never came back when we transitioned off!) And give me lots of ways of getting good, nutritious food in him that *helps* his behavior (lots of protein, probiotics, plenty of fruits and veggies....)

Good luck!

Chrystee

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Mon, 11-21-2005 - 8:12pm

i used jarro before, it was very good. in our area though, we didn't have baby available. just the capsule and i wondered how much was destroyed in the gut before it was absorbed.

anyway, jarro is very good, especially when you are avoiding casein as we were at the time.

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Mon, 11-21-2005 - 3:09pm
Thank you! I'm so glad probiotics worked for you. I checked out the website on Culturelle - it says it contains trace ammounts of caesin/whey...I told the pharmacist we were dairy-free so he gave us Baby's Jarro-Dophilus. I wonder if it's worth it to try Culturelle anyway if this one doesn't work?
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Mon, 11-21-2005 - 12:18pm

I swear by Culturelle (www.culturelle.com). My son had ear infections and many many antibiotics. Once we put tubes in his ears, the ear infections cleared up but he developed fungal infections in his ears, constant diarhea, and definite change in his abilities to handle stress. A friend suggested Culturelle and I was hesitant but hit the point where I was willing to try anything. Culturelle is in a capsule that can be separated and I would mix the powder from the capsule into his drinks. Now he's 10 and he takes the capsules. In the middle of the fungal issues, we gave him 2 capsules per day, now we give 1 per day as a maintenance dose. Any time antibiotics are needed, I give him 2 again. The difference in his coping abilities is amazing.

After a while, I thought maybe it was just coincidence... then we were on vacation and he had a tonsil infection. Took him to he ER and they gave him a MASSIVE dose of antibiotic. The next day, DS melted down at the slightest trouble, very emotional. This went on for several days... until we could get Culturelle back into him.

The website lists places to purchase it - I have NO affiliation with the company. I get ours at Walgreens for about $20/30 pills. Walmart and Albertsons will also order it for you through the pharmacy. If you go to Walgreens, look in the aisle with the digestive aids.

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Sun, 11-20-2005 - 11:53am
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Sat, 11-19-2005 - 7:54am

yes, probiotics are great. you have to do your homework on them. if you have a little one that can't swallow pills, you will want to find a powder that won't be destroyed by stomach acid. i have found one at our local natural foods store. i always give the boys double when on antibiotics.

yes, i believe in the leaky gut stuff. most docs do not. there is a gastro in nyc named arthur krigsman, try looking him up. you might also want to look up the gfcf diet stuff. i prefer the enzyme route myself. try reading children with starving brains by j. mccandless.

gl, valerie

~Valerie
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Fri, 11-18-2005 - 5:07pm

YES! All the time. For all of us and not just the ASD ones. Probiotics are a great idea particularly when you are taking antibiotics.

You can get probiotics in yogurt as long as you get one with "active cultures" cause that is what it is. Probiotics put the good bacteria back into your gut to help digestion. There is a ton of info out there on digestion and metabolizing stuff and ASD's. Where is Littleroses when we need her, lol.

Renee

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