Acidophilus to Prevent Further Allergies...

Posted on: Wed, 04/07/2004 - 4:11am
dgood's picture
Joined: 03/27/2004 - 09:00

I had my 12 month in for testing today with an allergist today since her blood work showed allergies to peanut and egg whites. Well, she's also allergic to walnuts, cats, dogs, and mold just to make the situation even worse!

Anyway, this doctor is a very well respected pediatric allergist with up to a six month waiting list who seemed very knowledgeable and impressive. He said latest studies show children prone to allergies should receive acidophilus supplements (1/2 tsp./day) which has shown to reduce the chances of developing additional allergies. Supposedly, when your body reacts to an allergen, it is common to continue to develop new allergies, almost become more sensitive to other things. The acidophilus keeps the good bacteria active in your body and somehow works to help protect you from develping new allergies.

He supplied me with a childrens powder for my PA daugher and a raspberry chewable supplement for my preschooler who does not currently have food allergies.

Anyone else hear of using this?

[This message has been edited by dgood (edited April 07, 2004).]

Posted on: Wed, 04/07/2004 - 5:11am
toomanynuts's picture
Joined: 08/23/2003 - 09:00

Our Allergist also recommended this for us to use for our DD and myself. We do use the Acidophilus and Bifudus.

Posted on: Wed, 04/07/2004 - 5:42am
smack's picture
Joined: 11/14/2001 - 09:00

My two eat a lot of yogurt/2 cups a day.
I tried the powder(must be the kind you buy refrigerated) when they were around 4 because my kids were sick all the time and on antibiotics so getting the good bacteria back into the body in that case is important.
They wouldn't drink it nor eat it mixed in anything so I gave up...the stuff isn't cheap.
So I buy yogurt and they eat that so hopefully they get enough to make a difference.
Anyway, if I see chewables next time I would try that...if they're not chalky [img][/img]

Posted on: Wed, 04/07/2004 - 5:45am
Heather2's picture
Joined: 09/25/2001 - 09:00

I have never heard of the allergy link specifically, however, Early Intervention has my DS on acidophalys to build up his immune system. You see he has Failure to Thrive which all began with a really tough winter in 2002/2003. He was sick all the time and lost a lot of weight. Now several months ago, I ran out of acidophylis (ok, I know I'm spelling it wrong) and I couldn't get out to get some more (a bit of a drive to get to Whole Foods who sells it). As soon as he stopped it, he got a cold. He hasn't had a cold (knock on wood) since he's been on the stuff. I asked the nutritionist who recommended it if it was a coincidence and she said no. I buy the powder and mix it into his formula.
[This message has been edited by Heather2 (edited April 07, 2004).]

Posted on: Wed, 04/07/2004 - 12:18pm
dmbb's picture
Joined: 10/12/2002 - 09:00

This may be a dumb question, but where do you buy acidophilus supplements for children? What are good brands.

Posted on: Thu, 04/08/2004 - 12:24am
dgood's picture
Joined: 03/27/2004 - 09:00

The doctor carries Rhino by Nutrition Now in his office. He supplied the powder for my 12 month old and the chewable raspberry tablets for my 3 year old (which he loves the taste of). I definitely paid more in the doctors' office! They sell them online everywhere for a fraction of the cost!

Posted on: Fri, 04/09/2004 - 6:04am
Cliok's picture
Joined: 04/09/2004 - 09:00

Hi, it's really interesting to hear that acidophilus prevents further allergies because we have been giving it to our daughter for quite some time. It was originally recommended to us by a holistic practitioner and it made a big difference to our daughter's eczema - great to hear that it has other benefits as well. I use the Udo's infants powder (I'm in Ireland - don't know if this is available everywhere).

Posted on: Fri, 04/09/2004 - 6:48am
pjama0502's picture
Joined: 08/04/2003 - 09:00

I too am giving my ds acidophillus. BTW - For those just giving their child yogurt, I have heard that even the best store bought yogurt has lost about 90% of its cultures by the time it gets to the supermarket shelf. Better to make your own - just my opinion.

Posted on: Fri, 04/09/2004 - 9:48am
ABreitner's picture
Joined: 07/02/2002 - 09:00

Ben saw his allergist at the University of Michigan last week and I asked him about using probiotics. He said that while there are no studies proving benefits done in this country it would not do any harm to try it. Having researched this for a while I have decided to try it but have no idea what to get or where to get it. Ben is 3 1/2 years old and allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, egg white and yolk, dairy, and tomato. I would appreciate any advice from parents who have used probiotics.

Posted on: Fri, 04/09/2004 - 10:03am
lalow's picture
Joined: 03/24/2004 - 09:00

I buy Maxi Baby-dophilus by Country Life for my 15 month old. It states that it is yeast, wheat, soy, gluten, salt and starch free. It does say it has trace amount of milk and lactase and even though my son has a milk allergy I have been giving it to him for a while with no difficulty. I will tell you though if you dont know which one to get at the store.. dont trust the clerks. Today three of them tried to tell me that non-dairy meant no milk products used... and as we all know that aint true...I have never read a label that said anything about nuts or peanuts free.

Posted on: Tue, 04/13/2004 - 3:48am
Heather2's picture
Joined: 09/25/2001 - 09:00

dgood...I wonder if you can find out exactly what studies? I would like to look this up and show it to the nutritionist. Thanks.



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