...or other ways to get probiotics into kids who are casein free? Does homemade water kefir or kombucha survive the stomach acid if consumed regularly?
My 14 mo. old is starting Udo's Choice infant probiotic powder today. However, I am skeptical that it will be helpful since it is in powder form. Do all probiotic pills need to be enteric coated to be effective? Also the website said it was dairy free, but upon receiving it the bottle says it may contain traces of milk and soy. /sigh
What is the BEST route, here? He is sensitive to all 8 common allergens except fish, and has controlled eczema...meaning it's still there, but hardly noticeable. I have not yet taken him off soy and wheat completely yet, as we are phasing these last two ingredients out of our diet slowly so as to not waste tons of money. The eczema and increased allergies showed up suddenly when he was 12 1/2 months old after we started supplementing breast milk with cows milk. He then self-weened, despite my best efforts to keep him going. Hard to tell what the exact cause of all this getting worse was. He is now egg free, casein free, nut free...drinks coconut milk with no problem. I just put him on this probiotic, plus some Omega 369 supplements (animal parade) for kids for help with the eczema...all this in addition to a basic vitamin/mineral supplement (schiffs for kids). We use Calendula cream with a few drops of Neem oil added which seems to help, and un-petroleum jelly to lock in moisture. oatmeal baths make him break out more, probably b/c of the gluten content.
Anyways, back to the original question: best probiotic route?