Several years ago, my oldest got a terrible ear infection right before we went on our Michigan vacation. We picked up the antibiotics and started them immediately. Her behavior and mood improved greatly.
Then, her tummy started hurting. And, hurting and hurting. She couldn’t tell us that her tummy was hurting, but her diapers told us everything they needed to. We felt terrible because she felt so terrible. And, the adults staying in the house with us were feeling terrible because they weren’t getting any sleep.
We called the pediatrician and she told us that we needed to get her some probiotics and balance out the good bacteria in her gut. We weren’t able to find any in our remote location but once we got home we picked some up. Her tummy started improving very rapidly.
Now, when the girls are on antibiotics, or even when I’m on them (we’ve had way too many cases of MRSA which requires super strong antibiotics for us), I make sure that we have probiotics to take simultaneously.
For the girls, I just was introduced to FlorastorKids. It’s easy for kids that can’t swallow pills. It’s a powder packet that is yeast-based and gentle enough to use on children from 2 months old. I can add it to most drinks or soft foods without them even knowing it.
FlorastorKids contains 250mg of the probiotic strain Saccharomyces boulardii lyo, which is found on the skin of tropical fruits, lychees and mangosteens. Both the capsules and the kids powders are vegetarian and gluten-free and neither require refrigeration.
I’m glad to have these on hand and know they are available the next time we have a tummy bug or have to have somebody on antibiotics. Probiotics have helped save my tummy many times and I don’t want to be caught off guard should another tummy bug take up residence in the house.
One reader will win a Florastor prize pack with 1 Florastor 50 capsule bottle and 1 Florastor Kids 20 pack box. Open to residents of the US.