Every day, parents take their children to the doctor’s office hoping to leave with a prescription for an antibiotic. But the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have been urging doctors for several years now to lessen the frequency of antibiotic prescriptions. With so much use, more and more antibiotic-resistant bacteria are coming onto the scene. And with so much use, we ourselves are becoming resistant to antibiotics. So what’s an alternative we can use with our children when the need to fight infection arises?
Nature has provided us with a natural way to fight infection – a probiotic. It’s called acidophilus. Acidophilus is the good bacteria that makes yogurt – well, yogurt. When taken, it multiplies in your digestive tract and replaces our own bacterial flora. With enough of these guys around, things like sinus infections, yeast diaper rashes, and thrush have no choice but to disappear. They are also capable of reducing inflammation and improving immune function. Antibiotics, on the other hand, kill not only the bad bacteria but the good bacteria that naturally occurs and should remain in our bodies.
To give acidophilus to an infant, Dr. Sears (www.askdrsears.com) recommends making a paste of the powder-formed acidophilus with water or breast milk and rubbing it on the infant’s gums once a day, or putting a teaspoon in a bottle once a day if you bottle feed. I’ve taken the acidophilus tablets myself since I nurse, but that may lessen the amount passed on to baby.
There’s no questions antibiotics are sometimes very necessary and even life-saving, but acidophilus is an alternative that is safe and effective; your child won’t build up a tolerance, and there are no nasty side-effects. A health decision you can definitely feel good about!