Probiotics Use in Infants Helped to Decrease type I Diabetes and Reduced Colic, Reflux (GER) and Constipation and NEC in Preemies
“Compromised gut microbiota networks in children with anti-islet cell autoimmunity” A study published in March, 2014 should warn all who care for children to focus on promoting diversity of gut bacteria (probiotics taken during pregnancy and started at birth) while doing everything we can to diminish the destruction of the gut micro biome (avoid antibiotics).
Type I Diabetes, we know, is an autoimmune attack on the pancreatic islet cells, but what we haven’t found is a way to avoid this attack. Common sense practices of limiting exposure to formaldehyde is a first step. However, this chemical is used as a preservative in vaccines and is pervasive in our homes from off-gassing of particle board, plywood, carpeting and foam insulation and is woven into our life, through exposure to permanent press clothing, tobacco smoke, cosmetics, deodorants, grocery bags, facial tissues and much more.
Probiotics Reduce GRE and Fussing in Infants
Nearly a 50 percent reduction was reached in number of hours fussing and gastroesophageal reflux (GER or spitting up) and a minor reduction in constipation was realized in 3-month old infants in the March 2014 study, “Prophylactic Use of a Probiotics in the Prevention of Colic, Regurgitation and Functional Constipation” in JAMA Pediatrics. The probiotics, L. Reuteri DSM 17938, were used in the study, which further confirms that probiotics are beneficial in infants. This strain is available from BioGaia and is found in Gerber Soothe
NEC Reduced 50% in Preemies
Necrotizing enterocolitis or NEC affects premature infants. The intestinal wall is invaded by bacteria causing local infection and inflammation, if left untreated the wall of the intestine can be destroyed. The trial “Probiotic Effects on Late-onset Sepsis in Very Preterm Infants: A Randomized Controlled Trial” showed by using of a combination of Streptococcus Thermophilus, Bifidobacterium Infantis and Bifidobacterium Lactis with 1 billion organisms, NEC was reduced in preterm infants born before 32 weeks and under 1,500 grams by 50 percent.
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Dr. Paul Thomas is an award-winning Dartmouth-trained pediatrician with nearly 30 years of experience in pediatrics. In addition to being board certified in Pediatrics, he is an expert on addiction and board certified in Addiction Medicine. His practice, Integrative Pediatrics, serves some 11,000 children in Portland, Oregon. He is the co-author of the forthcoming book, The Vaccine-Friendly Plan: Dr. Paul’s Safe and Effective Approach to Immunity and Health—from Pregnancy through Your Child’s Teen Years (Ballantine 2016).
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