Antifungals and Antibiotics

Rylee has to go on antibiotics, again. I am not excited about this, but I do think it is the right decision. We did a stool sample a few weeks ago and the results came back, showing some bacteria that needs to go. To get it gone, he’ll be on Flagyl for one week. I talked to the doctor’s office over the phone, but since they are located a plane ride away, I don’t have a hard copy of the results in front of me. Once I get them in the mail, I will post about stool samples; they did find some interesting information in his stool, but since I am not great with science, I don’t want to talk about too much until I actually have something in front of me to reference. However, they did not find any yeast, which is exciting, so we’ll be cutting back to just one dose of nystatin per day and see how that affects him. He was on diflucan once a day and nystatin twice daily for his yeast overgrowth.

I don’t like antibiotics because they wipe out everything and I think they are overused. Antifungals are not typically prescribed with them, I think antibiotics lead to other problems (i.e. eczema, allergies, etc.), and people are often not told to take probiotics at the same time. I do know that sometimes antibiotics are absolutely necessary and we’re going to give them to Rylee to get rid of this bacteria (and hopefully see an impact as a result), but I just want to offer a few tips when you or your child has to take antibiotics:

*Ask for antifungals (diflucan or nystatin) to take at the same time; when the antibiotics wipe out everything in your gut, the antifungals help keep the yeast from taking over, creating yeast overgrowth, which leads to a host of other problems!

*Take your probiotics. I don’t mean just 5 billion cfu’s/day; I mean 50 billion! The side effect of too much probiotics is diarrhea, but you have to take a lot for that to happen, so be sure you’re taking a lot and take them at least four hours in between antibiotics doses, so that it is actually doing something!

*Also note that it is no longer recommended to treat ear infections with antibiotics. Many ear infections can resolve on their own, so if your doctor does prescribe antibiotics, I would really evaluate how bad the infection is and talk to your doctor about this, in case antibiotics can be avoided. Click here for the American Academy of Pediatrics article.

*If you or your child has been on antibiotics multiple times, research yeast overgrowth. It is a much more prevalent problem that recognized!

*The overuse of antibiotics has led to a host of problems so be your own advocate if antibiotics are being prescribed, especially if it does not seem necessary to you!

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