Remedies for Anti-biotic Induced Diarreah?

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   Posted Yesterday 6:45 PM (GMT -7)   
My 9-year old son is having a hard time with his antibiotics -- they are making him cramp and have diarreah. The doctor told him to take L-glutamine, but it's not helping. Any other suggestions? He has a long way to go (5 months) and I need to help him feel better!

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   Posted Yesterday 7:08 PM (GMT -7)   
My doctor tells me to take flagyl if this happens to me, she says that abx. can cause C-DIF (sp?) short for some long word that I can't pronounce. It works for me. Maybe you could ask the doctor if he could try it.

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   Posted Yesterday 7:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Those of us with IBD always take big doses of probiotics for this. Give them at least two hours after and four hours before antibiotics. Culturelle is easy to find and appropriate for children.

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   Posted Yesterday 7:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Is your son on a probiotic? My baby is on a probiotic that is in powder form, so I just throw it in his cup and shake it up.

Also L-glutamine works best on an empty stomach, is this how he's taking it?

Is he taking the antibiotic with food? maybe something like a banana, or apples with peanut butter?

Ya know the Docs always say when the kids have diarrhea to do the B.R.A.T. diet.... Bananas rice apples toast.
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need some zs
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   Posted Today 7:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for your responses. Yes, my son is on heavy doses of probiotics (Xymogen). He could be herxing since stomach issues were one of his Lyme symptoms that originally cleared up when he started treatment. I'll try giving the l-glutamine on an empty stomach and see if that helps.

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   Posted Today 5:49 PM (GMT -7)   
You might also try coconut seems to slow things down for some with IBD...and coconut is a good source of medium chain triglycerides, which is an essential nutrient for the gut (and probably other parts of the body).
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