Your Health As a Kid Has a Lot to Do With Your Health Now

Sarah didn’t know why her 8 week old baby would cry for hours after eating. He wouldn’t stop until he had a bowel movement. They thought it was colic but something else was going on that no one explained to them …….

Samuel was an emergency C-section baby. He had a mysterious fever that left him in the hospital for almost 2 weeks and on a series of antibiotics. After coming home he cried day and night and took only short cat naps. Sarah and her husband wanted to pull their hair out they were so miserably tired. They did everything but nothing worked. …… until they tried probiotics. Little Samuel began sleeping through the night and was not miserable every time he ate. Why did Samuel need probiotics and what are they?

Probiotics are actually live micro-organisms that help the gut get healthy. Normally a healthy body has lbs of micro-organisms that make up the gut flora. A healthy gut flora will help break down and ferment foods, produce vitamins that our body’s can use, and contribute a huge part to our immune system.

A baby builds it’s gut flora starting at birth. If a baby has a vaginal birth then his or her’s gut flora can be fully developed in 6 months. When a mom breast feeds he also gets more good bacteria to build up the gut flora. When a women has a C-section their baby misses out on getting a dose of momma’s good bacteria like acidophilus and it will take up to 2 years to build the gut flora. There is some evidence to suggest that C-section babies have more incidence of colds, ear infections and allergies. And of course if a baby get’s a cold or ear infection most doctors will prescribe antibiotics which actually destroys most of the good gut flora and leads for an overgrowth of bad gut flora.

In Samuel’s case he not only had a C-section birth and very little breast feeding he also had antibiotics which destroyed any bacteria that was starting to colonize in the colon. This is why he was having such digestive upset and crying all the time.

Unfortunately most kids don’t find this simple solution and end up repeating the cycle of sickness, allergies, antibiotics and other drugs from infant into their teens and into adult hood. By the time we get to our teens or adult age that’s when the bigger problems come in. Because our poor gut has taken such a beating we end up with Digestive Challenges like Constipation, Yeast overgrowth, Diverticulitis, Ulcerative colitis , Crohn’s Disease or just such a sensitive stomach and gut that every time you get stressed we are running into the bathroom. Seriously I know many adults who are trapped by their GUT! They don’t dare go anywhere because they get stressed and diarrhea just thinking about it.

This is no way to live. You can stop this cycle now with your little ones or even if you are an adult.
Studies show that children and adults that supplement with a good Probiotics have less sick days than those who don’t. Yogurts are not enough to get back on track only Kefir plain (you will find in your dairy section) can help boost your good flora. Probiotic supplements and fermented foods like sauerkraut can also boost your good gut flora.

A baby like Samuel needed relief quickly. So in these cases an infant probiotic purchased at a Health Food Store was beneficial. My son was getting very little breast milk per day for the first 5 months of his life and was mostly formula fed. When he started getting constipated I would put a little of Young Living’s Life 5 probiotic into his formula. Not even a pinch of the powder from an open capsule would get his gut replenished and moving properly again.

Already this week alone I have heard 2 stories of mommy’s sharing how Probiotics were a “life saver” for their little ones health and happiness. No one wants to hear babies cry in pain from digestive upset. It can be heart wrenching.

Think about your adult children. Do they struggle with digestive complaints ? Maybe something as simple as a Probiotic may help them ? Send them to this Article and see what they think.

We look forward to hearing your stories. Please leave your comments below.

Dr. Mary Starr Carter is known as the Total Wellness Doc. She has been training individuals about Natural Health Solutions for over 13 years. She is trained as a Chiropractor and has studied under the world’s foremost leaders in natural medicine. She is a mother and a wife and has created a balanced and total wellness life for herself and thousands of her clients using her simple wholistic approach to health and wellness. Her coaching, classes and ebooks help clients with Fibromyalgia, Hormone and Adrenal issues, Asthma, Diabetes, Weight problems, Thyroid and Chronic pain find resources and solutions to better health.

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  • Dj2me55

    Thank God it is never toolate to get flora–have had gut syndrome for the past 20 years

  • Our family swears by probiotics.  I take YL’s and the kids take a chewable we get from Whole Foods. I know it helps with overall health, but it’s practically a miracle-worker when the stomach flu goes around.  Either we don’t catch it, or we get a mild case that’s over in a matter of hours.

  • What a great reminder. I forgot just how much we need probiotics.

  • Verda

    I understand the importance of probiotics and try to include in my meal plans.YL’s Life 5 is an excellent source.

  • Kathrynfaso

    It is so great to have answers for the little ones such as this. SO many people (parents) suffer at the suffering of their babies with”colic”. This article is a GODSEND for them!

  • Ellen

    –“I am just learning the importance of probiotics and think Greek yogurt will work for me. I have suffered with a sensitive stomach for many years and would be interested in knowing more about helpful Young Living supplements”

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  • My 2 year old was EBF and had constipation starting at 4 months.  I theorized the babysitter gave him rice cereal and I'm pretty sure she did.  Anyway, we have had him on 25Billion of Theralac Kids for probably about a year.  The naturopath said it was ok, but now that I read your "just a pinch," I'm wondering if it's too much…. thoughts?