Quoting Bubba Monster's Mommy:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Mama*AtoZ:</b>" She might mean the little probiotic drinks? ... [snip!] ... be great. Can I give those to him even though he's only 2 1/2? They have some probiotics geared for kids but they're expensive!"
Yeh they are expensive, but medical treatment and drugs and your child being in poor health, miserable and in pain is costly in lots of ways too!
Natural live yoghurt is a cheap simple thing that has probiotics and is good for this (if he doesn't have a dairy intolerance). Just one bottle of powder (they are suitable from infant age, but it'd be the next stage up you'd get now) could be enough to get things better again and then it could be an occasional thing so it would be lots cheaper.
Here;s some info, it gives the general idea
Gut Damage from Antibiotics Persists for Long Periods of Time
The Journal Microbiology
reports that the generally acknowledged precept that use of antibiotics only causes disruption of the gut flora for a few weeks is highly flawed.
Gut flora does not quickly return to normal after a round of antibiotics.
Even a short course of antibiotics can lead to resistant bacterial populations taking up residence in the gut that persists for up to 4 years Ė maybe even longer.
As a result, researchers are urging prudence and restraint in the use of antibiotics in order to prevent treatment failure for patients that have resistant bacterial populations still residing in their intestines from previous courses of antibiotics.
What this means is that taking antibiotics today for an illness that is not life threatening may in fact lead to a growth of superbugs in your gut that could actually threaten your life down the road and prevent antibiotics from working for you when you desperately need it.
Could Damage to Gut Flora Be Permanant?
Dr. Martin Blaser MD of New York Universityís Langone Medical Center who writes in the August 2011 edition of Nature,
has this to say about damage to gut flora from antibiotics:
Early evidence from my lab and others hints that, sometimes, our friendly flora never fully recover. These long-term changes to the beneficial bacteria within peopleís bodies may even increase our susceptibility to infections and disease. Overuse of antibiotics could be fueling the dramatic increase in conditions such as obesity, type 1 diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, allergies and asthma, which have more than doubled in many populations.
As evidence, Blaser goes on to say that infections with H. pylori
, the bacterial cause of ulcers, has plummeted in recent years. H. pylori,
as it turns out, is very susceptible to the same broad spectrum antibiotics used to treat childrenís ear infections and colds which are doled out without much thought at most pediatrician offices.
Shockingly, the majority of children routinely receive up to 20 courses of antibiotics before the age of 18.
In addition, between one third and one half of pregnant women receive antibiotics during pregnancy. The high C-section rate is also a contributing factor as surgical birth negatively affects the composition of gut flora in children as they completely miss out on exposure to Momís friendly bacteria as they travel through the birth canal.
This is a lot of antibiotic exposure for our younger generations and the implications for those children who donít acquire H. pylori
due to excessive antibiotics appear to be dramatic with a higher risk for both allergies and asthma.