Leaky Gut in infant

Diane - posted on 12/17/2009 ( 15 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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Andreea - posted on 06/20/2010

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Hello there.
Unfortunately we have a very similar problem. My daughter of 16 months old have been diagnosed with milk allergies at age of 2 months and shortly after that a course of antibiotics pushed her into abyss. Since then she have diarrhea 6 to 9 times a day. Everything we tried didn't worked: Probiotics, colostrum, Support Mucosa, L-Glutamine, antibiotics for C diff, Candida, Klebsiella, etc, or gamma globulin. We have made a Comprehensive Stool analysis to identify bad bacteria in her gut. Everything was useless. She is not thriving, does not tolerate any food, have eczema, asks for food all day, have stool after each meal, and we are more then desperate. Our pediatrician thinks we are nuts and she is not able to help. Our parents believe that we deliberately starve the poor little girl.She is 16 mo old and have just 9 kilo. Me and my husband strongly believe she is having Leaky gut but we just don;t know how to recover from it. All she eats daily is: carrots +little rice +chicken meat and then 3 hours later blended carrots +Neocate formula. This 2 meals we rotate over and over again. She is not tolerating anything else. We tried couple of fruits but right after them she was passing a stool. She is having a permanent fever of 38 C. We are more than desperate.
Anyone with an idea please help...

Anna - posted on 07/05/2010

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Have you heard of the GAPS (Gut And Psychology Syndrome) Diet? It focuses on healing the gut. I would also recommend the recipe for baby formula and food suggestions in "Nourishing Traditions" by Sally Fallon. Also looking into the difference between A-1 and A-2 milk would be helpful.
You can also find pro-biotics in pearls that you could break open and give or pull apart your capsules.
I do know about NEAT, but I believe EFT is more effective to get to the root problem and it is easy to do on one's self or others...or you could combine the two...

Diane - posted on 03/09/2010

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thanks so much, I would like to put him on the diet I did to heal my leaky gut, but no milk is allowed on the diet & he is only 10 months old, so that's just not possible.

Erin - posted on 03/09/2010

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Your issues sound a lot like mine as I was diagnosed with leaky gut syndrome too. My son has eczema which developed around your son's age and his food allergies started at that time. At first, it was was strawberries then it was milk and certain dairy products and now it's oats and corn. He also just got diagnosed with indoor/outdoor allergies to dust, pollen, mold, and pet dander. He also did not get breastfed except for the first month of life. We ended up switching him to Enfamil AR...the rice starch formula and that was the only one he could tolerate as he had projectile spit-up. We also put him on a similiar probiotic and didn't see strong enough results and ended up doubling the dosage. I took him off of organic whole milk and switched him to enriched rice milk which helped with the stomach bloating and congestion. I also give him gluten-free grains like quinoa, etc. which also seems to help. I do a lot of grocery shopping at Trader Joe's as a result and most of the food he eats is organic/non-dairy/non-processed foods. Sometimes you have to try eliminating certain allergenic foods...colustrum is from cow's and milk is a major food allergy. You might need to switch your probiotic to a non-milk based one. The one we use is Klaire Labs Ther-Biotic Infant formula probiotic and it is free of all the major food allergens. You might also need to try an elimination diet and see how your son does with certain foods if you haven't done so already. Good luck on your diet and I hope your son gets better soon! It's not easy when they have food allergies.

Erica - posted on 02/15/2010

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My son had leaky gut/ C-Diff / a dairy allergy right before his first birthday. This all started from the dairy allergy that went undiagnosed and then an slew of antibiotics which gave him life threatening reactions and then steroids which led the the C-Diff/leaky gut. Our Pediatrician was no help. I didnt get an answer until I took him to a Naturopath. She saved his life and my sanity. I would highly recommend an ND. It sounds like you really know what you are doing. I saw a real turn around when I took him off all dairy/casin/whey and gave him only organic/non-processed/preservative free food. He is thriving now and is harldy ever sick. We avoid antibiotics and shots as much as possible. Also, my chiropractor said he can help children. I am still afraid to take him, but that was my next step if he didnt get better. I still give him probiotics every day two years later. Best of luck to you. Always go with your gut instincts (no pun intended). Don't take everything your MD tells you as gospel. I learned my lesson there the hard way. Sounds like you already know all this, but it is still thearpeutic for me to talk about it because it was such a trying time and I still have flash backs of that poor baby's face and just how sick he was, and I felt I had nowhere to turn. My thoughts are with you.

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Laurie - posted on 07/30/2013

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I may have posted in the wrong spot. Did you ever resolve your daughter's leaky gut? If so, how long did it take? Is she better now?

Lauriehilton@att.net

Laurie - posted on 07/30/2013

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Hi Andrea - I recently read your post and my heart went out to you. My son is now going through exactly what your child went through. I noticed this was posted in 2010...I wanted to ask you if you have made any progress? If you get this post could you email me at lauriehilton@att.net

Thanks!
Laurie

Cathryn - posted on 09/19/2010

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It sounds like your on the right track with the probiotics. The only suggestion I have is switch to goat formula. I had to stop breastfeeding when my son was 3 months. Once I put him on store bought formula he developed horrible rashes. I took him to my herbalist who suggested I start making my own formula from goat milk. He said that goat milk is the closest thing to mother's milk. Not only that, but it's nearly impossible to find a formula that doesn't contain soy. Soy increases estrogen which is horrible for men and boys. Since my son started the goat formula he hasn't had one rash and hasn't been sick either. The recipe I use is below.

2 cups whole raw goat milk
4 tblsp lactose
1/4 tsp bifidobacterium infantis or probiotics
1/2 tsp unflavored high-vitamin cod liver oil or 1 tsp regular cod liver oil
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
2 cups filtered water
1/4 tsp acerola powder

Some babies have problems with constipation at first because goat milk is a little more difficult to digest. To avoid this you can mix a little black strap molasses in with the formula. I don't measure it. I just add a little until it looks like chocolate milk. Another option is an all natural product called Dairy Digest Complete. It comes in capsules. You can put the powder from 1 capsule in each 8oz bottle. Good luck!

Anna - posted on 07/05/2010

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PS for a constant fever I would probably do a high parts per million colloidal silver.

Chelsea - posted on 02/25/2010

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You could find a NAET doctor to eliminate allergies and sensitivities all together.

Diane - posted on 02/15/2010

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Thank you for sharing, Erica. I'm not sure my ND sees children or infants. Right now I can't afford to take him, but hopefully in a couple more months I'll be able to maybe. I'm so glad your son is doing so much better, hope he stays that way. Once my son is old enough to swallow pills I can give him the probiotic I take (which I LOOOVE). And the older he gets the more I can change his diet to help heal his gut. But for now he's only 9 months old & cutting out dairy just isn't possible.

Raquel - posted on 01/02/2010

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I have a friend who might be able to help you, she knows so much about our bodies, she does colonics for a living. if you want her number just send me a message.Sounds like your on the right track

Raquel - posted on 01/02/2010

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I have a friend who might be able to help you, she knows so much about our bodies, she does colonics for a living. if you want her number just send me a message.Sounds like your on the right track

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