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Antibiotics and Acidophilus

Posted by admin Saturday, August 25, 2012

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A paper recently published demonstrated a potential link between a baby under 6 months having antibiotics and weight gain later in life (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-19341639). Much more research needs to be done in this area to see whether there is a true cause and effect but looking at the impact antibiotics has on the digestive system may highlight some reasons why this may be the case.
 
Natural Delivery v C-Section
When your baby is growing inside you, their GI tract is sterile with no bacteria living inside it. However, during a vaginal birth there will probably be a transference of bacteria from your digestive system to your little one, starting the process of populating your baby’s gut with the good bacteria. It is less likely for a c-section baby to be exposed to the same bacteria as a vaginal delivery and is instead more likely to get first bacteria from external sources such as nursing staff.
 
It takes approximately one month for the good bacteria to proliferate and populate the GIT of a natural delivery yet up to 6 months for a caesarean section.
 
Yeast and Bacteria Living Together in Harmony
In your baby’s bowel, yeast and good bacteria (floura) live happily alongside each other, working away on breaking down foods, regulating water content, teaching the immune system to respond to the baddies and other amazing jobs which keep your baby’s stools moving. The yeast however is a bit of a rogue, wanting to replicate and produce as much yeast as possible but the friendly bacteria keep it in-check.
 
As you kiss, cuddles and touch your baby, more bacteria are transferred increasing the numbers.
 
Friendly Fire
If a bacterial infection invades, your baby they may need antibiotics. Antibiotics act a bit like a tsunami – they come in and take out all the bacteria, both good and bad. If the good bacteria are wiped out, it gives the yeast a chance to take over and lead to things like thrush, yeast nappy rash, vaginal yeast infection, diarrhoea or yeast infection of the breast.
 
Replenishing Friendly Bacteria
Acidophilus is a great way of replenishing your friendly bacteria. Taking Acidopholus for a week after finishing antibiotics may be beneficial. Look for a brand that is specific for the age of your little one and try making a paste using water or breastmilk and rub this once a day in your baby’s mouth. If formula feeding, put the recommended quantity of the powder in the formula once a day.
 
Always consult with your doctor or health visitor before giving your child any supplements and follow the instructions on any products you give your child. 

 
 
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