May 13, 2008,
S.M. asks from Chehalis, WA on May 10, 2008
4 Month Old with UTI
my 4 month old daughter was diagonosed with a UTI last tuesday. we did 3 days of an injectable antibiotic and now are on an oral antibiotic for the next 3 weeks until her renal ultrasound. She has been on antibiotics one other time which resulted in a horrible diaper rash. Presently i am wondering if we should do a daily probiotic in addition to the antibiotic that we are presently giving her. I looked probiotics up on webmd and got some mixed reviews. does anyone have experence with probiotics in young children while on antibiotics? anyone have experience with infants with UTI's
S.W. answers from Portland on May 12, 2008
I had to give my daughter antibiotics for almost 10 months and when i found out about probotics she started immediatly and her yeast infections started coming less frequently and then once it had given her a build up they stopped. she had kidney reflux and we had to do the ultrasound and vcug (x-ray of the bladder and kidney live so you can see it working)
A.G. answers from Portland on May 11, 2008
Yes! you need probiotics! The only brand i know of that is specific for babies is not available to the general public, you have to be a doc to purchase it. you may be able to get it online. The brand is seroyal, the product is called natogen. if you live in portland, you can get it at NHC clinic, 2220 SW 1st street just south of downtown.
on another note, why is your daughter getting uti's? no bubble baths! i would also switch to cloth diapers to avoid the chemicals in disposibles and make sure to only wipe front to back.
if you have anymore questions, let me know! good luck!
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D.A. answers from Portland on May 13, 2008
My son has reflux and our Naturopath started him on 1/4 tsp of Ultra-Bifidus powder at 2 weeks old. At about 3 months his dose was upped to 1/2 tsp. When his diaper rash was really bad with teething, I used the Bifidus both internally and externally. You can apply acidofilus externally, as well. Just open a capsule and sprinkle it on her poor little bum.
We haven't dealt with UTI's, but have dealt w/ antibiotic diaper rash w/ my daughter. She is also on Ultra-Bifidus for reflux (clearing) and it helped greatly w/ the antibiotic diaper rash. I also used it topically while on antibiotics.
I know of two probiotics that are better for the infant system, the Ultra-Bifidus and Primadofilus (sp?).
Go to one of the natural food stores and they should be able to help you select an appropriate one for your daughter. With the powder, I made a thin paste and fed it to my son on my finger. My son doesn't like a bottle, so wouldn't take it that way. It can be put in a bottle, mixed with formula or breast milk and the babe wouldn't even notice. It is flavorless.
Good luck and hope this helps.
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L.A. answers from Los Angeles on May 12, 2008
Poor girl! =0( Yes, anytime children , or adults, for that matter, have to be on an antibiotic, they should take a probiotic. I have a fabulous one that my kids actually take every day, whether or not they are sick; this was rec'd by our ped. to keep their insides healthy year-round. Anyhow, a few questions will help me know whether or not I should pop some samples in the mail for you. First, are you nursing? Second, does your daughter take a bottle (formula or breastmilk, either way)? I ask because this probiotic is in powder form and you can add 1/2 packet to a bottle of milk/formula. The probiotic we use doesn't need refrigeration, either. It's truly one of the best I've used, is certified organic, and quite effective.
I'm happy to send you some samples and see if it helps.
Let me know. I'd love to help!
V.S. answers from Yakima on May 12, 2008
I see many are able to give you advice on probiotics, I hope I can help with UTI's. My son was born with Spina Bifida. We did not know this until he was 2 weeks old when he started running a fever of 104 due to a severe UTI. He suffered from reflux in both kidneys. The renal ultrasound will surely assist you with this area. My son spent the first year of his life on Septra Suspension and had to have reconstructive surgery on both kidneys to reimplant his ureters. He is now 4 and has not had a UTI in 3 years!! Although this doesnt give any ideas or help, I wanted you to see your on the right track.
J.T. answers from Portland on May 12, 2008
Jarrow~dophlis is a probiotic powder for babies. I purchase it from New Seasons Market. If you breastfeed, you can put it on your damp nipple prior to a feeding . If you do bottles, just mix it in. Its great stuff and you might want to take some too just for good measure.
L.B. answers from Portland on May 12, 2008
Like many others have said, YES you should use probiotics!! Anytime my kids have had antibiotic diaper rashes, the probiotics start to work very soon after taking them. Also use a really good diaper cream .. California Baby brand uses essentialoils for both anti bacterial and antifungal properties ..it also smells great. Your baby should be feeling much better soon!!
J.R. answers from Seattle on May 12, 2008
GET HER ON A PROBIOTIC! I have worked for a suppliment company for the past three years and have learned a lot I believe very strongly in probiotics. Get a good one though. I would suggest Neonate powder from Pharmax (thats where I work) if you are in the seattle area you can find them at the Pharmaca stores or Medicine Man Pharmacy if you are in Kent you can find them at Key Pharmacy if you are in Bellevue area you can find them at Clarks Pharmacy or TLC Pharmacy. If you do decide to use a probiotic take it opposite the antibiotic. like if she takes the antibiotic in the morning give her the probiotic in the evening. Good luck! The reason why I really stand behind the Pharmax probiotics is because they are from a human source not a cow source so they are easier for the body to use them. If you can not find the Pharmax probiotics make sure the ones you use are kept refridgerated or in the freezer.
J.B. answers from Medford on May 12, 2008
She definately should be on probiotics any time she is on antibiotics. There are some specifically for young ones, like this
Or you could give her yogurt. They have special yogurt with more probiotics. Also, miso is a soy product that has probiotics, so don't let it boil. Mix it with the hot water and don't keep cooking it.