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Baby, antibiotics and probiotics

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 18, 2011 at 7:19 PM

So our little 6 month old got a high fever the other night and a test confirmed it's a urinary tract infection. She was given an initial shot of antibiotics at the hospital, and further prescribed 4ML orally once a day for 10 days, even if fever clears.

The antibiotic's generic name is cefdinir. My question: are there probiotics specifically helpful for infants in these sorts of situations? I understand the risk of not taking the antibiotic is something worse like kidney infection. But I'm wary of how this will affect her good gut bacteria.

We've just started her on solid foods in the past couple of weeks. So far its been egg yolk, sweet potato, avocado, smidgen of grass fed liver, some pureed grass fed ground beef, coconut oil, apple sauce for palatability. Should we try throwing something fermented in the mix like fermented cod liver oil? Or do we wait until after the 10 days of antibiotics?

I'm not even bothering asking the pediatrician about this yet, as I assume we'll just be scolded for not starting her with rice cereal.

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on July 18, 2011
at 09:54 PM

im sure those would be fine. i would keep them in the fridge. check out www.culturesforhealth.com for some really super affordable yogurt and kefir cultures with great FAQ, instructions, how-to videos, and Q&A. its really easy! dont be scared! :)

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on July 18, 2011
at 09:53 PM

dont know why this got an anonymous downvote. i gave an upvote because i take probiotics when on antibiotics, too.

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on July 18, 2011
at 07:56 PM

yes breastfeeding is still going strong, thankfully. any recommended links for making home made coconut kefir? i'm sure its simple but i'm pretty clueless on doing fermenting projects.

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great, thanks for the info. as far as the bifidobacteria supp, something like this would be appropriate? http://www.iherb.com/Renew-Life-Ultimate-Flora-Critical-Care-50-Billion-Active-Cultures-60-Veggie-Caps/22252 i would love to do kefir but i haven't the confidence to try homemade stuff yet. all the store bought kefir products i've seen have too much sugar and other unnecessary ingredients in them.

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on July 18, 2011
at 08:00 PM

Personally I ways take a probiotic if I need antibiotics. I get stomachache if I don't. I guess the antibiotics still kill some of the probiotics but it still makes me feel better.

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on July 18, 2011
at 09:53 PM

dont know why this got an anonymous downvote. i gave an upvote because i take probiotics when on antibiotics, too.

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on July 18, 2011
at 07:28 PM

They sell baby probiotics but it's totally unnecessary to use a special baby blend. Just take a capsule or any liquid probiotic complex and dust it on your nipple (breast or bottle) a few times a day. A little home made coconut kefir should be fine too. Breast feeding is always the best probiotic source, though. :-)

A2fe5bbd09c7804fd321e9e9a9f9d199

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on July 18, 2011
at 07:56 PM

yes breastfeeding is still going strong, thankfully. any recommended links for making home made coconut kefir? i'm sure its simple but i'm pretty clueless on doing fermenting projects.

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on July 18, 2011
at 07:29 PM

i would wait on cod liver oil if you have any fish allergies in either family, but 6 months is otherwise a pretty good age to expand food. what about some kefir? homemade yogurt? would she touch anything like sauerkraut? it might be worth a try. bifidobacteria are the primary bacteria in a babys belly, so make sure if you use a supplement that it has that as the primary bacteria. also, seems obvious but so easy to forget- take the pro- and pre- biotic between antibiotic doses.

ive personally had a kidney infection from an untreated UTI and its NO JOKE so youre doing the right thing.

oh, and if your wife is still breastfeeding, tell her to look out for thrush!

A2fe5bbd09c7804fd321e9e9a9f9d199

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on July 18, 2011
at 07:55 PM

great, thanks for the info. as far as the bifidobacteria supp, something like this would be appropriate? http://www.iherb.com/Renew-Life-Ultimate-Flora-Critical-Care-50-Billion-Active-Cultures-60-Veggie-Caps/22252 i would love to do kefir but i haven't the confidence to try homemade stuff yet. all the store bought kefir products i've seen have too much sugar and other unnecessary ingredients in them.

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on July 18, 2011
at 09:54 PM

im sure those would be fine. i would keep them in the fridge. check out www.culturesforhealth.com for some really super affordable yogurt and kefir cultures with great FAQ, instructions, how-to videos, and Q&A. its really easy! dont be scared! :)

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