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Aug 10, 2009
Daughter Payton, Born 4/2/09, Diagnosed with Silent Reflux at 3 Weeks. Tried zantac, prevacid, axid, multiple formula changes. Presumed MSPI. On Elecare and Carafate.
Probiotics and/or Immune System Help
Ok, I really don't know anything about probiotics, so I was hoping to hear from a few advocates about them (maybe some recommended reading?). The reflux roller coaster is killing the whole family....Payton has been in the hospital once with a bad respiratory infection. I think I had the same thing & have gone two rounds of antibiotics myself to try and kick this thing, along with my asthma flaring up. Hubby has also been on antibiotics once since Payton was born. We are so exhausted and run down. The only blessing has been that we've been sick at different times or else not sure how we would have gotten through & Payton's care would have really suffered. How can we help her and us to be "more healthy"? I just don't know what we could be doing differently right now; how would we make the time? Thanks for any suggestions!
Aug 10, 2009
Lorenzo b.4/25/07 1 week in NICU w/ aspirate pneumonia from a reflux episode; diagnosed GERD at 9weeks; Used Zantac for 5months. Currently using Chinese Medicine and Craniosacral Therapy. GERD, Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Sensory Processing Disorder. Ask me about breastfeeding a refluxer! Pic: day 5 in the NICU.
I know this doesn't work for everyone, and it isn't available everywhere, but when my son developed a compromised immune system as a side effect of reflux and sleep deprivation, we found an acupuncturist/Chinese Medicine Practitioner who was like a miracle worker. He went from eating virtually no solid food (at 2 years old) and getting an average of two respiratory infections per month for an entire year, to eating like a normal toddler and having NO INFECTIONS since May. Best of all, he has appeared to actually fight infections off -- ie, showing signs of getting something, and then nothing develops at all.

I don't know if it is something you could, or would try, (there were no needles involved in my son's treatments, by the way -- all massage and herbal compounds), but given our miraculous results, I always try to share our experience in case it might help someone else.

Aug 10, 2009
This is our dd, Alessandra. Dx with GER 10/07. Ran the gamut with meds and now done with them (crossed fingers). Using magnesium, probiotics and prebiotic supplements. With the exception of teething and general sassy attitude, all is well now. They really CAN grow out of it!
If you're interested in probiotics, there are many of them out there. We use a brand called Klaire Labs (from Prothera there's some material on their site to read) on the recommendation of our ped. I have an auth code if you decide to order from them.

Basically, all probiotics are is beneficial bacteria that strengthen immunity, help digestion, and improve bowel activity. The more strains you can get, the better and the best ones require refridgeration to remain viable.

It may benefit the whole family to be on them to help everyone. The best part about them is there's really no side effects. Even my vet recommended them for me GI sensitive dog, and she's perked up quite a bit (she's an 8 year old Great Dane who could digest very little - figured out she has a bleeding ulcer.) Never hurts to try, right!! Good luck. I also agree with lorenzomama. The alternatives are out there as well, and may be worth a phone call at least. TCM, acupuncture, acupressure, craniosacral therapy, massage therapy, physical/occupational therapy, etc.

Aug 10, 2009
Ryan was born May 20th 2008. 9 lbs 2 oz. Ryan’s magic bullet was 30mg of Prevacid capsules mixed with Caracream from Marci-kids (I am forever indebted to the team at Marci-kids), Claratin for the mucos, and Mirlax for the constipation. Within 2 months of this combo he jumped from the 6% to the 50% for weight and continues to climb. Be strong, listen to your instincts. Read his story for more specifics that just might help you too - Karen
I use BioGiaia for Ryan. I got it from the pharmacy at Target. No prescription needed. 5 drops is all it takes. I just drop it in his juice or milk or whatever. I started taking Rainbow Light Just Once Multi Vitamins for Women. They have the probiotics and digestive enzymes in the vitamin so it is convienent. I was never sick before I had Ryan, in fact I dont even have a regular doc other than my OB. Dealing with the reflux stuff changed that story but once I started taking these multi vitamins I was good to go again. Some people swear by Beta Glucan. I used the brand Solaray this winter when my husband and both of the kids had influenza A. I went from room to room taking care of the three of them and I never got sick. Dont know if it was the Beta Glucan or the super mommy immunity. I was just glad I stayed healthy.
Aug 18, 2009
Mom to two refluxers. DS 4.5 years, on prevacid since 5 weeks. Trial wean this Intolerant of dairy and soy DD born Nov 2010. Currently on zegerid. Had stomach malrotation & surgery at 9 months. Avoiding dairy/soy with her while BFing.
We were recommended by our Naturopathic MD to take probiotics. My son uses Solaray brand, it is in a powder and dairy/soy free. I also take probiotics and a PNV by Rainbow light. Ecchinasea also as needed. We get sick a lot from being run down also.
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doctor first!