Susan K. Schulman MD Author of "Understanding Your Child's Health"
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Giving Your Child Probiotics Male: Probiotics, are they good or bad? Susan Shulman: Probiotics are the opposites of the antibiotics that is, an antibiotic is out there to kill germs, and probiotics are actually germs that we give the patient and keeps them healthy. There are usually, actually a very important part of the child’s good health to stay on—to give them probiotics under certain circumstances. In Europe, they are actually putting probiotics in to the infant formulas and finding they have less colic and then, they’re actually getting less food protein allergies in these kids. In United Stated there are some prebiotic formulas and some probiotic formulas. So the most common in probiotics are the germ in the lactobacillus family which is even Lactobacillus acidophilus or the one I prefer is lactobacillus GG which is acidophilus like germ but it is acid resistant so it is actually more potent. Male: And so is it that what do you use? Susan Shulman: Cultural Male: Okay and why did you pick that one over others? Susan Shulman: Because when they swallow the Cultural, which could be given in a capsule and sprinkle it on the food or it could be given in children powdered form, which can even mix with a drink or sprinkled unto a food with a bit of flavor. In a Cultural, the germ is resistant, the acids in the stomach that all the units that you give your child, all those little germs get right into the intestine and do the job of helping to digest the food and to protect the lining of the stomach. The regular acidophilus which is found in yogurt and other cultured foods, the high percentage of what gets swallowed gets tilled off by the stomach acid and only a small amount actually gets in to do the job. So cultural only has to be given once a day and it is a very, very effective probiotic specially if protecting children on antibiotics that can not be given at the same time and at least an hour of difference that the actual antibiotic. It keeps them from getting diarrhea, and has an improvement that they get less yeast infection so it’s my impression that they do. And the there is another probiotic that I strongly recommend is a probiotic yeast, so the technical inform is Saccharomyces boulardii Lyo but actually, most people actually call it Florastor. Florastor is a healthy yeast that it takes up only the intestinal track and does not allow the unhealthy yeast like Candida to grow. So Florastor is also excellent for — gets through on the antibiotic to keep them from getting diarrhea. It is also a very good treatment for diarrhea. And why that the GI people using it for people with non specific stomachaches and do not know what exactly what is wrong with them, they put it them on probiotics and a lot of times with no good reason they just get better. So we used them freely in children, they are completely safe and they can give it to adults as well as the children. But those under eight year is half of the adult dose. And for a year up it is the full adult dose of any yeast probiotics.