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Mar 10, 2010
paytonsmom
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, Prebiotics, Digestive Enzymes, Magnesium
I just recently started Payton on Solaray's baby propbiotics. As I understand it, the probiotics are supposed to strengthen her immune system, overall colon health. The other items in my title post, I do not understand well. What is the difference between prebiotics and digestive enzymes? Does anyone have their child on either & what benefits should I see? I am also seeing and reading lots of stuff about magnesium supplements. What will magnesium supplements do for my child? Thanks for any input!
Mar 12, 2010
slimfast13
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!
I haven't posted in a while, but I did a ton of research when my pediatrician wanted to start Allie on these. Here's a quick run-down:

Probiotics - these are "good" bacteria naturally found in our gut. These were originally developed to combat the effects of antibiotics, which destroy ALL bacteria in order to fight against a specific pathogen, but the immune boosting benefits were studied. In short, most of immunity is found in the gut, and if you have a good balance of good bacteria, your immunity is strengthened. Probiotics naturally occur in things like breastmilk and yogurt, but when in a nutraceutical (vitamin-like) form, they have more therapeutic effects.

Prebiotics - these are what help probiotics thrive. They are carbohydrate non-food ingredients that probiotics use for energy. They also help to bulk up and soften stool as they are soluble fiber.

Digestive enzymes - these are enzymes typically found in the human GI tract that help break down food. Due to any number of reasons (illness, medication, disease, etc) someone may be lacking in one or more of the enzymes. Often these are also recommended for individuals with a low-acid stomach, since the acid is needed for breaking down many foods, particularly proteins.

Magnesium - this mineral is often deficient in most people, since most of our magnesium content comes from soil, which is getting depleted. It helps in so many functions, I can't name them all. But there are 2 main reasons moms on here use it - it helps combat constipation by increasing colon transit times and it calms down the nervous system, which is nice when you have a constantly stressed kid due to pain.

They can all be used together with no issue - I've had my girl on them all. The probiotics are very safe - I even have my dog on them! If you have any questions, I'd be glad to pass along more info as needed! I'd also ask a pharmacist or MD about dosage before starting. Allie was on 50 mg of magnesium at 4 months old, but every kid is different.

Mar 15, 2010
mommyto2
BRANDON-Zantac and Bethanacol; Neocate formula, 2 sets of ear tubes, Adnoids removed, Vasomotor Rhinits, Asthma. Currently on: Xyzal, Omnaris, Flovent and Xopenex,
AUBREY-Zegerid 2x a day, Soy Milk, Tubes put in and adnoids removed (11-7), Hypotonia, ECI therapy for low muscle tone throughout trunk and hips, oral motor issues and sensory integration issues, delayed speech, Teething, probiotics
PICTURE: Aubrey in her cute cat outfit. If you look you can see how her right foot turns in. She walks that way as well. It is not as exaggerated in the morning's but gets worse in the evenings. This was after her nap.
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I would also check carefully as to many of these have a milk base. My daughter was started on these at 6months old and she too was MSPI. We had a hard time finding ones that weren't milk based. Good luck.
Mar 16, 2010
slimfast13
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 need these to be MSPI safe, I can send you an authorization code to order from www.protherainc.com. These are free of many common allergens and intolerances.
Check with your
doctor first!