Jacob (my 7- almost 8- year old) suffers from chronic constipation with some unpleasant side effects. Because of this, he has been on combinations of laxatives and stool softeners for nearly 3 years now. They have only been moderately helpful and I have hated the fact that the dose seems to just get higher instead of lower, trying to fix his problems. Though there has been a little improvement, the doctors have yet to find the magic button to cure him so the medications continue.
I am part of an online support group of other families that deal with this situation and recently there has been a lot of buzz about the benefits of probiotics. Many are in the same boat as we are- laxatives have only been a little helpful. Many have claimed that probiotics have turned things around for them. Willing to try anything, I asked our doctors about it who agreed it could help.
So, off I went to the vitamin store, where I found a liquid form of probiotics. I read the label and here is a portion of what it says:
"American Health's Acidophilus liquid is composed of hardy, viable balanced cultures of specially selected strains of lactobacillus cultures in a natural palatable base of pre-digested milk solids....Each serving provides 20 billion "friendly" organisms."
This is supposed to make me feel good about giving it to my child?? Despite the words "palatable" and "friendly"- it just doesn't sound good. I haven't given it to Jacob yet, but I did try it and it tastes awful- despite the natural blueberry flavoring. Hopefully he will take it okay or I can mix it into something. If not, I have discovered chewable versions on line that I can order.
Yuck.... I hope we can get past these issues soon!
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