What are Probiotics?
Probiotics are good bacteria which have benefits in our digestive system. They can be found in yoghurts but are present in higher doses in Probiotic supplements.
REASONS WHY PROBIOTICS MAY IMPROVE HEALTH IN PEOPLE WITH REFLUX
- Medications that alter the acidity of the gut may allow the overgrowth of bad bacteria. (4) These include Ranitidine and Omeprazole. If this results in an upset stomach (wind, diarrhoea, constipation, nausea etc), replenishing good bacteria may help with these symptoms. However, more recent studies have not found the same associations. (5)
- Good bacteria in the gut also helps protect against gastrointestinal infection. (6)
- Antibiotics destroy all bacteria – not just the ones that were causing an infection. This can also lead to an increase in reflux symptoms as well as diarrhoea. Adding a probiotic may decrease side-effects and speed recovery. Make sure that you separate probiotic and antiboitic doses by at least two hours, so that the antiobiotics don’t kill the probiotic organisms. (2), (3)
- Thrush (an overgrowth of an organism called Candida albicans) may occur with antibiotics, diarrhoea or allergy. A probiotic should help this to clear more quickly along with an appropriate treatment.
- Gut motility issues are common in those with gastric reflux and may even be the cause of reflux. The stomach may not empty fast enough and so is full for longer allowing reflux to continue. This problem may be present throughout the gut and also present as constipation. Probiotics promote good motility. (7)
- Aid digestion
- Produce several vitamins
- Support immune function
www.medscape.com/viewarticle/529406?src=mp (membership is required to review this)
- http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/804455_2 (membership is required to review this)- Probiotics and Prebiotics in Preventing Food Allergy and Eczema
PROBIOTICS AVAILABLE IN NEW ZEALAND
- Blackmores Acidophilus Bifidus http://www.blackmores.com.au/products/acidophilus-bifidus“A minimum of 1 billion organisms made up of Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium animalis” per capsule. Suitable for 2 year olds to adults. Children under 2 years, Only as professionally prescribed. Refrigerate after opening.
Other ingredients: Hard gelatin capsule containing an off-white powder
90 capsules for $31.25 (plus p&p) on www.pharmacydirect.co.nz May 2013.
Should be available around New Zealand in Health Stores, Pharmacies or Supermarkets. Use the link above to find a store near you.
- Clinicians MultiFlora -http://www.clinicians.co.nz/index.cfm/PageID/101/ProductID/1154/ViewProduct/MultiFlora< >New improved formula. Now contains two of the most studied and scientifically researched probiotics in the world (Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG and Bifidobacterium animalis BB-12).Doesn’t require refrigeration. You don’t need to keep it in the fridge because the specialised manufacturing and the new blister pack format allows the probiotics to be stable in room temperature environments. Survives stomach and bile acids. The probiotics can safely reach the small intestine and bowel where they are most effective. Vegetable capsules. The specialised capsule enhances stability of the probiotics and is also suitable for vegetarians. Ideal for infants, children and adults. Special new strains are suited to all age groups.
- Inner Health for Kids -http://www.ethicalnutrients.com.au/content/products/inner-health-kids“Each 1.7 g (1/3 metric teaspoon) dose contains: 6 billion Lactobacillus rhamnosus (GG) organisms (LGG®) 3.75 billion Lactobacillus acidophilus (NCFM) organisms 3.75 billion Bifidobacterium lactis (Bi-07) organisms.
Other ingredients: Glutamine, Zinc Sulfate monohydrate. Free from wheat, gluten, cereals, milk, eggs, starches, yeast and salt. Dairy free, Gluten free! Probiotic powder suitable for 3 month olds to 12 years. Requires refrigeration.
$29.99 $26.50 (plus $4.95 p&p) www.pharmacydirect.co.nz January 2009. Available from Health Stores.
Kyo-Dophilus - http://www.kyolic.com/product/product/probiotics/capsules/kyo-dophilus-capsules/ Contains 1.5 billion Live Cells (L. acidophilus, B. bifidum, and B. longum) per capsule. 1/2 capsule twice daily for under four year olds. Contains a powder similar to the Primadophilus and can be sprinkled on food or mixed into drinks. Does not require refrigeration.
Other ingredients: Gelatin, Potato Starch, Silica.
Free of: Preservatives, Sugar, Sodium, Milk, Yeast, Gluten, Artificial Colours or Flavours.
www.healthpost.co.nz $19.50 for 45 capsules and $36 for 45×2 (plus $3 p&p) January 2009. (Limited stock)
www.pharmacydirect.co.nz $25.95 (plus $4.95 p&p) for 45 capsules and $38.95 for 90 January 2009.
Available in Pharmacies and Health Food Stores.
- Lactobac® Powder - http://www.nutritioncare.com.au/ Probiotic by Nutrition Care recommended as maybe more appropriate for children than Polybac 8. ” A high potency blend of dairy free Lactobacillus rhamanosus and Bifidobacteria powder containing no less than 5 billion organisms per gram. ” I’m not sure where this is available.
Metagenics Flora Care for Kids - Metagenics Flora Care for Kids contains Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG (LGG®), Lactobacillus acidophilus NCFM and Bifidobacterium lactis Bi-07.
I’m think this is only available through practitioners and don’t know the cost, dosage or which age group it is suitable for. I have emailed to ask if it is dairy and gluten free August 2009.
Nature’s Way Primadophilus® Children, Powder -http://www.naturesway.com/Products/Probiotics/6881-Primadophilus-Children.aspx Nature’s Way Primadophilus® for children contains 3 billion microorganisms per teaspoon (Lactobacillus rhamnosus, Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifidobacterium infantis, Bifidobacterium bifidum, Bifidobacterium breve, Bifidobacterium longum, NutraFlora® scFOS (short-chain frutooligosaccharides), Rice maltodextrin, Silica, Vitamin C). May contain a minimal residual amount of dairy or soy protein.
Suitable for children of all ages. Dissolves in food or drink. Requires refrigeration.
Dosage is 1 teaspoon per day. www.healthpost.co.nz $36.50 (plus $3 p&p) at time of Listing.
Available from pharmacies and health stores.
- Nature’s Way Primadophilus® Junior -http://www.naturesway.com/Products/Probiotics/6870-Primadophilus-Junior.aspx Contains 3 billion CFUs. Ingredients: Lactobacillus rhamnosus, Bifidobacterium longum, Bifidobacterium breve, Bifidobacterium infantis, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Potato Starch, Plant derived capsule, Aqueous enteric-coating, Magnesium stearate, Ascorbic acid. May contain a minimal residual amount of dairy or soy protein.
Suitable for children aged 6 to 12 years. Requires refrigeration.
Dosage is one capsule daily. www.pharmacydirect.co.nz $36.95 for 90 January 2009.
Available in pharmacies and health stores.
- Nature’s Way Primadophilus® Kids Orange, 30 Chewable Tablets - Contains 3 billion CFUs. Ingredients: Lactobacillus rhamnosus, Bifodobacterium longum, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Sorbitol, Cellulose, Rice maltodextrin, Citric acid, Magnesium stearate, Turmeric, Natural orange flavour, Vanilla flavour, Ascorbic acid. May contain a minimal residual amount of dairy or soy protein.
Suitable for children aged 2 to 12. Requires refrigeration.
Dosage is one tablet daily. www.healthpost.co.nz $21.50 (plus $3 p&p) at time of Listing. Should be available in health stores and pharmacies.
- Nature’s Way Primadophilus Reuteri Powder - Ingredients per 5ml: 50mg Proprietary Blend of Bacterial cultures – Bifidobacterium infantis, Bifidobacterium longum, Lactobacillus rhamnosus, Lactobacillus Reuteri & Lactobacillus acidophilus (providing 3 billion CFU), NutraFlora scFOS 1.8g, Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) 4mg. Other ingredients: potato starch, silica. May contain a minimal residual amount of dairy or soy protein.
Dosage: Children under 2 years of age, give 1/2 teaspoon (1.5 grams) daily between meals. Children 2 years of age and older give 1 teaspoon (3 grams) daily between meals.www.pharmacydirect.co.nz $33.95 (plus $4.95 p&p) January 2009. Should be available in health stores.
- Polybac 8™ Powder - http://www.nutritioncare.com.au/index.php/products don’t have a lot of details on this probiotic or where it is available other than to patients of Dr Rodney Ford. Ingredients: probiotic microorganisms, microcrystalline cellulose, vitamin C. hypoallergenic
This may not be a complete list of the probiotic supplements available. If you have found others that have been beneficial, please let me know. Yogurts also contain some probiotics but often are not potent enough to have the required effect.
2 Radiance Pro-B Antibiotic Support - www.healthandhertbs.co.nz
4 http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/754326 - The Use of Proton Pump Inhibitors and Increased Susceptibility to Enteric Infection
5 http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/759169 - Large Study Fails to Link PPI Therapy to Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth
7 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3155417/ - Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Gut Microbiota and Probiotics
Written by Roslyn Ballantyne (RN), National Coordinator for © Crying Over Spilt Milk Gastric Reflux Support Network New Zealand for Parents of Infants and Children Charitable Trust May 2007. Last updated July 2013.
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Jaime-lee Best, this is where I got a lot of my advise that is safe and works...these Winona babies some have had surgery n all...
Hi ladies. My daughter is now 9 months old and we have finally weaned her from her reflux meds however we are still (even with meds) suffering with insane amounts of spit up. Even after solid meals of finger foods only! I am so overwhelmed trying to always explain why my baby is covered in some sort of spit up and we can not go on play dates bc the other moms freak out. I have had so many days of crying over these dirty carpets and soaked clothes and I am really having a hard time seeing g the light at the end of this tunnel. The doctors just tell me to wait because she's gaining well and not painful anymore but I am just soooo tired of saying/hearing 'it's just just a laundry issue'. What about a sanity issue?? If I see one more baby who has never spit up more than a dribble I am going to freak out!
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Hi Ladies, my 12 week old has silent reflux, was put on neocate with suspected milk intolerance but symptoms never went away untill we suspected reflux was put on gaviscon, helped alot, still wouldnt sleep in the day would wake crying so was put on losec, been on this for three weeks and stil no improvement. And he has started to spill now with every feed. Im wondering if the neocate isn't right for him and considering normal formula. Or would that make things worse?? Any ideas :) Thanks
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Hi, im after some advice/help. I have a 7 week old son that has been diagnosed with servere reflux and colic.( he also has a upper lip tie and doesnt feed well anyway) We were prescribed infant gavison to help with the reflux but it has blocked him up horrendously. we were told to stop it and have been given a laxative to help clear him out. yesterday the doctor was talking about prescribing him an entensively hydrolysed formula (pepti Junior) and trialing before we can look at the Neocate as she thinks he may have a cows milk allergy. Today she has rung and said there is a new formula out from Karicare. Its called Karicare Plus comfort which is partially hydrolysed. And that i need to pick one and trial it. Im so confused and googling all this info has confused me even more. HELP PLEASE
Hi ladies, is it ok to give a reflux baby infacol wind drops?? Or will it make his reflux worse??? Thanks
The most efficient way to speak to one of the Gastric Reflux Support Network NZ staff is to text a message to 022 585 5935. Include your name, phone numbers or email and a brief explanation of why you are contacting us. We will contact you as soon as possible. Gastric Reflux Support Network NZ for Parents of Infants and Children Charitable Trust (GRSNNZ) appreciates your donations so that we can continue to support families coping with gastric reflux. http://www.givealittle.co.nz/org/GRSNNZ
Can you get samples of Neocate or similar from anywhere?
Does anyone know if there is any kind of parents support page for kids with allergies? Sorry not entirely reflux related but since they often go hand in hand thought id ask here. Thanks :)
The most efficient way to speak to one of the Gastric Reflux Support Network NZ staff is to text a message to 022 585 5935. Include your name, phone numbers or email and a brief explanation of why you are contacting us. We will contact you as soon as possible.
Hi there, I have just today searched for & found your page as I am desperate to find some relief for my 7.5 week old who is in pain & discomfort. My 7 week old was born 4weeks early via c-section & we are seeing a cranio-osteopath for a number of the interventions she needed during & post birth. After the last 2 treatments she has what seems like reflux symptoms, last time (3 weeks ago) was for 6 days, this time we are on day four. She screams for hours after feeds in pain, no holding position really works better than others, we just fluke a good position which may only offer a few minutes relief or she goes into an exhausted pained sleep. She can't sleep on her back in bed during the day (have tried propping it) so I either put her on her tummy (works sometimes) or hold her upright tummy to tummy at varying degrees on me in the ring sling, we need to sleep like that at night sometimes too. She used to wind well & was spilly at times but it didn't seem like an issue. Now she often doesn't burp or spill at all, gets tense & upset instead. Also her saliva gets so thick & it sounds like she's choking & struggling to breathe past it in her throat. I have tried shorter feeds more often but it doesn't really help - and how does this work if she is screaming for 2-3+ hours (more feeding makes it worse) then going to sleep? How will she get enough if every feed is smaller? I don't want to wake her as it all starts again & we both need to recharge too. Any advice much appreciated, I don't know what to do for her & it's so distressing!
http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/812388?nlid=35583_2047&src=wnl_edit_medn_peds&uac=76049AV&spon=9 :-) - Conclusion is also that it is likely to do no harm either.
Studies vary too widely in products and dosages used to permit definitive conclusions, investigators say.
HAMILTON people - how many of you are out there and reading this post??? I'm just replying to a message regarding our COGS Funding Application for the Hamilton area. As our Trust has just moved from the Hamilton area to the Canterbury area, they want to know how many people we are supporting in Hamilton on a weekly basis. I know how many members we have in Hamilton, but of course we support more via our website and this Facebook page. Please LIKE this post if you are in Hamilton and reading this BUT only if you are in Hamilton. :-) Many thanks for your help. Roslyn National Coordinator Gastric Reflux Support Network NZ for Parents of Infants and Children Charitable Trust
Constipation with infant gaviscon...just wondering if baby's system "gets used to it"?