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Nov 17, 2010
tinytanner
Probiotics
Well we took Mason to the dr yesterday cause he had a terrible cough and his nose had been runny for a couple weeks. We found out in addition to a cold he has an infection in his left ear. We started antibiotics yesterday. I think the ear infection might be why he has not wanted to eat his solids for the past week or so and has been waking up lots in the last couple weeks. Anyway, our Rice cereal had probiotics in it but since he won't eat it right now I wanted to find a seperate probiotic to give him while taking the antibiotics. He drink Nutramigen with LLG halfed with Alimentum. I don't think that there is much LLG in the formula anyway. I am worried about finding one that is milk and soy free. Any reccomendations? Also, should I start the probiotics while still taking the meds??
Nov 17, 2010
dcd
Culturelle probiotics have no dairy, soy, or gluten. That's what we use regularly. I don't really know how good they are, but all the others I've reasearched contain traces of milk. I've heard the best ones are the refridgerated liquids. Last time my daughter was on antibiotics the pedi had her take the ReZyst probiotic, which is a grape flavored chewable. We had to halve it and grind it into a powder and then mix w/a spoonful of cereal. The pharmacist checked and said it had no milk in it- and I think no soy or other allergens. It was a prescription.
Nov 17, 2010
jeddsmommy
Jessica, Mommy to Jedd, severe reflux, severe food and oral aversions, Finally G tube free!!! VSD repair 4-24-07 (open heart surgery), hypospadias, repaired 3 times and Ear tubes Visit Jedd at his CB site: www.caringbridge.org/visit/jedd
We went to a local health food store to get Jedd's probiotic. It was in a dark glass container and once we opened it, we put it in the fridge and kept it cold. It was a liquid. I don't know if it had milk in it or not as MSPI was not an issue for us.

As far as ear infections and not eating, yep we saw that too. If you see a few more infections, like one or two more, I'd ask for tubes. It's not worth struggling to get an already hard to feed GERDling to eat let along fighting to get them to eat during an ear infection.

Getting tubes was one of the best things we did to get Jedd to stop regressing with his eating and continue on a forward path with his oral eating.

Nov 18, 2010
dcd
Just want to second what Jessica said about the tubes. I totally agree. Kylie got hers a couple weeks ago. It's a relatively low-risk procedure, very quick, and for us it was just not worth fighting through the recurrent ear infections. Every time she got one she quit eating and sleeping. The antibiotics tore up her stomach and she reverted back to bad habits. Plus I was constantly on edge, watching like a hawk for signs that she had another infection so that we could catch it quickly. It was driving me crazy. Keeping the cycle of ear infections in check has been, and I think will continue to be, a big part of Kylie's progress forward in terms of her eating, sleeping, and ability to cope with discomfort.
Nov 18, 2010
tinytanner
Well I sure hope we are not headed to tubes but if the ear infections continue we will not hesitate. He hasen't had in issue with his bottles since we found out about the infection just his solids although we have only been on antibiotics for two days now. I am starting Probiotics today in hopes to minimize the effects of the antibiotics on his little tummy. I didn't even see signs of the infection he just was so stuffed up and coughing terrible we took him in and the dr found a bunch of built up was in his ears and when she cleaned them out she saw the infection.
Nov 18, 2010
vigilantmom
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 think ear tubes should be standard issue before you leave the hospital with a newborn. : )
Check with your
doctor first!