I get asked a lot about what probiotics I give the children.
For those who don't know, I have one child with ASD & FPIES and another child with Pans/Pandas autoimmune condition. We are on a gut health journey and probiotics are a big part of that. REMEMBER we are literally all bacteria!
Before I start listing the probiotics I use and why, I would like to make note that everything I use has been suggested by one or more of the children's team of specialists who include immunologist, biomedical doctors and gastroenterologist amongst many others.
I never just implement something without someone in the team having full knowledge on what we are doing.
I would also like to add that I believe probiotics are a VERY individual thing and I would highly advise getting the gut microbiome tested for deficit bacterias before messing around with strands you give.
Please note that not all children can tolerate probiotics and or specific strands, I mention this below.
I would personally not touch anything that contains streptococcus either.
Google that bad boy yourself.
I don't touch any probiotics that contain fillers.
When considering probiotics please look at the individual strands, brand and the amount of bacterias, generally the higher the count the better.
Please also start SLOW. Don't ever go in with the recommended dose.
Also know that you will experience bacteria die off which will result in changes in behaviour. When bacteria dies it releases more spores.
But important to ride it out to get to the other side.
Eczema shield ( lactobacillus rhamnosus): There are many studies about this strand and autism ( head to google if you must) James has been on this since he was diagnosed. James' immunologist first put us onto this probiotic and I swear it was the reason we had huge growth in speech.
It is proven to reduce allergies in children.
Gastro relief ( lactobacillus rhamnosus & saccromyces bourlardi): Sac B! What a bloody legend this one is. It's a good yeast and was recommended to us by James gastroenterologist. I didn't implement it until 6 months after it was recommended. Why? Because I was scared poop less. I was told we were trying to rid yeast not give it. I have learnt that this is magic stuff. And there is a difference between good and bad yeast.
Sac B stimulates the lining of the gut and helps out the struggling good bacteria to be able to crows out the bad!
James also takes SB Floactiv ( not pictured) which is just Sac B with no probiotic.
PRO 8: now this was originally purchased for my Pans child Scarlett BUT she was ticcing when taken the product. Even if I reduced the dose right down it still had a negative effect on her. I have since learnt that pans/Pandas children can't always tolerate probiotics or certain strands and it's advisable not to do multistrand probiotics. They also require d lact probiotics. I now take this one for myself just to use it up.
Gut PRO 3: this is what Scarlett now takes in very very small does. It is made specifically for pans children. It has the strands they best tolerate and it's also d lact.
This has been introduced recently to both children by their biomedical doctor. It is E. coli. We need E. coli in the gut to help crowd out the bad guys like streptococcus. We found both children's recent stool analysis to be lacking in this bacteria strand. Both children's gut flora is very acidic and apparently thi bacteria will help with alkalising.
i have also read recently about the stand Lactobacillus Reuteri reversing autism in rats.... whilst I have not given this to my children, I know a number of people that use the strand with huge success.
Finally, I am NOT a doctor, I am a well researched and knowledgeable, proactive parent who is sharing our journey to help others.
We are recovering our children through health.
Please seek your own medical advice.