Probiotics

What are Probiotics?

Probiotics are good bacteria which have benefits in our digestive system. They can be found in yogurt, 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 antibiotic doses by at least two hours, so that the antibiotics 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)

OTHER ACTIONS

    • Aid digestion
    • Produce several vitamins
    • Support immune function

Probiotic links:

PROBIOTICS AVAILABLE IN NEW ZEALAND

  • BabyBiotic https://www.bioceuticals.com.au/product/preview/BabyBiotic-0yrs “BabyBiotic 0+yrs combines Bifidobacterium breveB. lactis and B. bifidum – three of the most common species of bifidobacteria present in the gastrointestinal tract (GIT) of healthy breastfed newborns and infants.” 1 billion CFU of each per 2g serve plus 500 million CFU Lactobacillus rhamnosus  and 500 million CFU Lactobacillus fermentum. Suitable for from birth to ?. Requires Refrigeration.
    Other ingredients: Inulin.
    Visit http://www.bioceuticals.com.au/wheretobuy/index/B.BABYUK.60 to find out where to purchase.
  • 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 Active ingredients in 1 capsule
    No less than 7 billion CFU consisting of Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG 3.5  billion  CFU and Bifidobacterium animalis BB-12 3.5  billion CFU.  May contain traces of dairy.  “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.
    As far as I’m aware, this is no longer available in NZ, but I order it from www.iherb.com where the price varies depending on the quantity ordered and exchange rates.  $42.34 for 180 including p&p (January 2015) which is still cheaper than one NZ price of $38.95 for 90 in January 2009 I had noted here.

  • Nature’s Way Primadophilus® Children, Powderhttp://www.healthpost.co.nz/supplements-and-natural-health/age-and-gender/childrens-health/childrens-basics/primadophilus-children-nwprc 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® 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 5 ml: 50 mg Proprietary Blend of Bacterial cultures – Bifidobacterium infantis, Bifidobacterium longum, Lactobacillus rhamnosus, Lactobacillus Reuteri & Lactobacillus acidophilus (providing 3 billion CFU), NutraFlora scFOS 1.8 g, 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.

This is not be a complete list of the probiotic supplements available. If you have found others that have been beneficial, please let me know. Yogurt also contains some probiotics, but often are not potent enough to have the required effect.

References:
http://www.medsafe.govt.nz/profs/Datasheet/l/Loseccap.pdf
Radiance Pro-B Antibiotic Support – www.healthandhertbs.co.nz
http://www.livestrong.com/article/290035-how-to-use-probiotics-with-antibiotics/
http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/754326 – The Use of Proton Pump Inhibitors and Increased Susceptibility to Enteric Infection
http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/759169 – Large Study Fails to Link PPI Therapy to Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth
http://www.dms.ufsc.br/mip7013/arquivos/2550_Gut%20flora%20in%20health%20and%20disease.pdf
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3155417/ – Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Gut Microbiota and Probiotics (Link not available March 2015)

Disclaimer:
“Herbal and natural remedies for digestion, calming, breast-milk supply, depression etc, can be very effective in some cases, but a possible interaction with mainstream medications is often overlooked and can be harmful. Effectiveness of medications can be reduced or enhanced with unpredictable consequences. Please ensure all medications, natural or mainstream are prescribed/recommended/approved by a registered practitioner and administered using prescribed instructions. When discussing yours or your infant’s needs with your practitioner please ensure to mention all other treatments already being used.”

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 2014.  New Probiotic added August 2014.

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  • Hi I have an 8 week old prem (6 weeks early so 2 weeks corrected) suffering from reflux. She is exclusively breastfeed and the dr has prescribed gaviscon. I am having real difficulty in getting her to take it. I have tried syringing it and also tried to feed via a bottle (she had never had a bottle for anything before) but she is just refusing it or spitting it back out. Does anybody have any tips for getting bubs to take the medicine?

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  • Hi there, im new to this page and I've just found out my 12week old has gastric reflux.
    We are currently going through a growth spurt and she appears to be in more pain from the extra milk intake, has anyone experienced this?
    I'm thinking about taking her to the hospital to get some pain medication....

  • Hi all, Just wondering if any of you have had a similar experience. My 7 month old is on omeprazole 2ml morning and night. For a few nights we have accidentally forgotten to give it to him... And then the last 2 nights he has screamed blue murder for hours. He would go down ok but then wake and cry for hours like he is in pain. Nothing will console him. Its the only thing we have done differently - has anyone has a similar experience??? Thanks! Bec

  • Hey! Day 4 on gaviscon for our 4 week son and he's constipated any suggestions to get him going?

  • Hallucinations on Omeprazole!? ... Forgive me if this has been discussed recently or at all (probably not I'm guessing) I was active on this page when my daughter was just a baby with terrible reflux. She was on omeprazole back then until about 8-9 months old. She is back on it as of a week and a half ago just to trial whether her frequent cough and waking in the night could be reflux back at age 3.5!!!!.... Anyway, for the last 4-5 nights she has woken terrified that there are worms in her bed and on her body. (It is not a nightmare or a night terror) last night was the worst night yet! Awake from 1-5am with the most frightening hallucinations yet. Worms and flies all through the bed, on the ceiling and even as I consoled her she screamed that they were all over my face :( it was heartbreaking. Even with all the lights on she could see them. I could go on describing this but I won't. My question is has anyone's child or you yourself experienced the very rare (but documented) side effect of hallucinations? Needless to say I am stopping the meds today.

  • Please tell me someone is in the same boat...

    Our son can't sleep for longer then a few minutes at a time without gagging on his reflux and waking himself up. Normally the only way for him to get any sleep is to sale him and hold him vertical against our chests.

    He is on Gaviscon, Omeprazole (losec) and we've just dropped Ranitidine (Zantac) and added Domperidone. Nothing so far is helping to resolve this sleep issue. His bed is on a steep incline but often the moment you put him in it he starts spluttering and throat clearing loudly until he wakes.

    He's 9 weeks and I've been dairy free breast feeding for about a month. He has now started Neocate formula.

    Anyone else have a baby who can't stay asleep because of reflux? Any tips?

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  • I would love some feedback from parents who kids that have had a fundo. Our daughter (6) has been suffering all of these years with reflux combined with eating disorder (avoidant restrictive food intake disorder, basically associates food with pain) and now docs have suggested a fundo so I'd like to hear people experiences

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  • Has anyone found that omeprizole made a reflux baby worse??
    Ds is the worst he has ever been since starting losec, but I'm unsure whether its the losec causing it or something else.
    Has anyone seen improvement after stopping losec?? He's 4.5 months

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  • I'm interested in chatting to anyone who may have been, or is, in a similar position to me. I have a beautiful 3 month old son, exclusively breast fed. I think he's suffering from silent reflux. He looks like he is going to vomit, sounds like liquid comes up, but doesn't spit anything up. He flicks quickly between happy and unhappy baby. He seems to want to feed a lot and doesn't seem to have an off switch when he is full. I'm worried I'm making him worse feeding him. He's always gained weight well until more recently. We had been using a dummy but stopped because I got sick of him waking wanting it in the night, but starting to use it again in desperation. He's thankfully a very good night sleeper. He is starting to get bottom teeth now to make things worse! He has a lot of dribble at times. He doesn't really spill a lot, and doesn't cry that much but just doesn't seem happy. Currently trying homeopathic wind drops, weleda colic powder and I take a tea that was made up for me with multiple herbs including fennel. I've also got an amber necklace on him. I am not a hippy but like the idea of natural solutions more than giving him meds if I can find something that works. Happy to use medication though if needed. He has no signs of any allergies so I don't think it's that. Interested in any suggestions or thoughts! Thanks!

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  • Just wondering - is gaviscon like a fast acting relief - like for that feed only- or is it longer lasting ?

    I haven't used gaviscon for 3 days and my 10 week old has been good for 3 days so thought maybe he was getting a bit better - but then tonight spewed up quite a bit. Is that because the gaviscon was still working in his system and now has worn off ? Or does it have a shorter term effect ?

    We have also just started trying formula. 50ml yesterday and today and it was after that he spewed- so also wanting to rule out the fact that it's the gaviscon wearing off...to see if the formula is making him spew.

    I'm pretty sure he's reacting to the formula but just curious how long gaviscon relief works also.

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  • Hi there, my daughter has been on omeprozole granules (5mg, twice daily) since 6 weeks old. I've talked to our GP about how and when to wean, his advice was to go cold turkey "whenever we felt like it"..!

    I'm looking for some advice from other families on how they went about weaning - Would like to take a gentle path.
    Are there signs of readiness?
    What age did you start?
    Did you drop one dose and see if there was any effect before fully weaning?
    Or is cold turkey the right thing to do, after all?

    Thanks.

  • Hi all,
    Does anyone know if its okay to mix kiwiherb stuff with losec to mask the taste if you stick to the correct dosages? Eg .5ml each of kids calm, echinature, and chest syrup mixed with 3.8ml of losec?

  • 10 day old baby showing signs of reflux already. Similar to his brother (who is now 22months).
    He has the "breath that smells like stomach acid", looks like he's got a bad taste in his mouth, the "cottage cheese" spit up at times and obviously a very sore tummy after feeds.
    I am babywearing to keep him upright which is helping.

    I suppose what I'm asking is at what point do I go to gp and ask for a paed referral? My husband says don't go looking for trouble until it becomes a much more obvious issue.