Dr. Amber Brooks
Is Your Child’s Gut Flora Imbalanced? Here are 10 Signs It Could Be.
Conventional Doctors don’t hesitate placing us on antibiotics for infections and illnesses big or small, this even applies to our children and babies. Antibiotics wreck havoc on our gut and damage the balance of good bacteria. 70-80% of our immune system is housed in our gut which means when our gut is unhealthy, so is the rest of our body.
Below we’ve listed 10 signs that your child’s gut flora is out of balance.
1. They are excessively gassy
When the flora is out of balance, excess gas is produced. Thus your child seems gassy all of the time!
2. Frequent stomach pain and or bloating
These symptoms indicate that your little one may not be digesting food properly. With extreme stomach pain and bloating they are just miserable and may not sleep well either.
3. They are frequently constipated
When using the restroom is a dreaded and horrible process. Signs say it’s time to heal their leaky gut, especially if there has been recent antibiotic usage.
4. They have constant diarrhea
Contrary to above, they may experience both at some point or another. Bottom line, when your gut flora is out of balance, bowels aren’t what they should be.
5. They have food allergies or intolerances (i.e. dairy)
If your child has signs of food intolerances, dairy causing diarrhea, soy causing gas and diarrhea, or gluten causing severe cramping, chances are they are suffering from a food intolerance. Food intolerances can be corrected and managed better once leaky gut is healed.
6. Vitamin deficiencies, particularly B-Vitamins, despite eating fruits and veggies
When the health of the gut is compromised, our body can’t absorb and use the nutrients it needs leading to vitamin deficiencies.
7. They experience frequent yeast infections
They could have frequent diaper rashes or thrush while nursing. If they are a little girl they could develop frequent yeast infections.
8. They have constant bad breath
Bad breath may reflect what’s going on inside of you. Think of a newborn baby’s breath, it’s sweet because their gut flora is intact.
9. They have chronic respiratory problems
Again, about 70-80% of your immune system is located in your gut. When your immune system isn’t working properly, you may experience more frequent respiratory issues.
10. Weight loss
With a leaky gut your food isn’t digested properly, and aside from not being able to use nutrients, food could be passing right through frequently undigested thus weight gain may be extreme stomach pain and bloating they are just miserable and may not sleep well either.
So, What Should You Do Now?
If you think issues with your child’s health may be related to issues in their gut, your first step is to have your child tested. It’s critical to seek help to find out the underlying issue. Once you know the issue, you can then work to put your child’s body in a position where it can begin healing itself and heal the gut.
Pediatric nutrition does not follow a “one size fits” all philosophy. At Whole Child Wellness, we have a specialized practice that helps parents find solutions to their child’s underlying health conditions. Just as each child is unique, the proper nutritional balance for each child is as well. Through the patient’s history, exam and laboratory tests,
Dr. Amber Brooks FNP, CACCP, BCIP, DC is able to create highly individualized plan to help your child’s body heal itself and help you take control of your child’s health.
The first step in the process is to schedule a free consultation with
Dr. Amber Brooks FNP, CACCP, BCIP, DC to determine whether our solutions are the right choice for you and your child.