Leaky gut

Diane - posted on 12/17/2009 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I was told I had a leaky gut right when I found out I was pregnant. I delayed treatment until after having the baby, as my naturopathic doc recommended. To make matters worse, 2 months prior to my son's birth I had a UTI & was on macrobid (antibiotic) for a week. Then while I was in labor I had a fever (among other complications) & I was given several rounds of IV antibiotics. My son was born with a rash on his torso, much like people get when they have a reaction to an antibiotic (I'm a registered nurse, so I see this sort of thing often).

Fast forward to after my son was born: I was unable to breastfeed & we had a horrible time finding a formula that works for him. He is now almost 8 months old & still is VERY spitty with both food & formula. He is clearly VERY allergic to pumpkin & seems to have an intolerance to barley & oat. I have been giving him a probiotic with colostrum in it for many months, but I see no improvement. I definitely think he has a leaky gut & am getting ready to give him some L-glutamine & raw colostrum.

I want to get this taken care of asap & not have any further food allergies/sensitivities &/or malnutrition occur.

I personally am currently following Doug Kauffman's phase one diet & am feeling so great & all my skin conditions have disappeared. I am also taking probiotics, caprylic acid, olive leaf extract, L-glutamine, CLA, DMG, & vitamin D3. The diet just isn't infant-friendly, so I'm hoping there's something more I can do right now.

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Diane - posted on 01/10/2010

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My body is unable to make milk at all, no matter what, but thanks for thinking of me.


The macrobid would certainly affect my  digestive flora & therefore his digestive flora during the pregnancy, which would worsen the leaky gut.  The rash was certainly due to the antibiotics during labor & I'm sure those affected his flora even moreso.


Quoting Claire:

I'm sorry you and your son are going through this. Not having your experience, I cannot offer advice as such, but I had a couple of ideas for you. First, you said you couldn't breastfeed your son and he's not doing well with formula. Have you tried to restart breastfeeding? I know you can "jumpstart" your milk production with fenugreek (I had to do it with both of my kids, per the directionsn of my obgyn, pediatrician, and breastfeeding specialists). Even if you end up just pumping and substituing one bottle each day, it can really help. That should give him back the colustrum. Second, even indirectly, your new diet success should transmit through your milk in levels that should help your son.
Your reference to having macrobid 2 months prior to delivery seems somewhat irrelevant to me as it is a common treatment for UTI's in pregnant women -- I had it with no problems, even with a higher dose for a kidney infection. Was it the same antibiotic you had while you were in labor? That would be the only obvious connection that you mentioned to his rash.


 

Claire - posted on 01/10/2010

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I'm sorry you and your son are going through this. Not having your experience, I cannot offer advice as such, but I had a couple of ideas for you. First, you said you couldn't breastfeed your son and he's not doing well with formula. Have you tried to restart breastfeeding? I know you can "jumpstart" your milk production with fenugreek (I had to do it with both of my kids, per the directionsn of my obgyn, pediatrician, and breastfeeding specialists). Even if you end up just pumping and substituing one bottle each day, it can really help. That should give him back the colustrum. Second, even indirectly, your new diet success should transmit through your milk in levels that should help your son.

Your reference to having macrobid 2 months prior to delivery seems somewhat irrelevant to me as it is a common treatment for UTI's in pregnant women -- I had it with no problems, even with a higher dose for a kidney infection. Was it the same antibiotic you had while you were in labor? That would be the only obvious connection that you mentioned to his rash.

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