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I have a 12 week old son who is ebf. He has been having bloody stools occasionally. I am on an elimination diet, but he is still having them. Does anyone have a recommendation for a probiotic(or experience with this situation) that would be good for an infant and one specifically for this problem(colitis-bloody stool)?

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Honestly, I would not introduce anything except breastmilk to a baby under 6 months of age.
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There are several allergen free probiotics that you can take. They should be available at your local hfs. Check the labels, they usually say right on them that they are free of dairy, soy, wheat, corn, etc, etc.

I have also heard the probiotics at Kirkman Labs are good ones. They are online. I think they may have a small amount of dairy contamination which may or may not be a problem depending if that's one of your baby's allergies (very likely) and how sensitive he is. Good luck!
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My DD had the same thing. The blood in the stool finally went away (after months of happening sporadically) when I found her a dairy-free probiotic. I used Solaray BabyLife and gave her twice the recommended dosage, so IIRC she was getting a scoop four times a day. She was three months old when the blood in the stool started and about 8 months when I finally found the BabyLife. If I knew then what I know now, I would have given her probiotics from birth.
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We need one too, but the problem is most are cultured on dairy. We tried Baby Jarrow w/ Evan and he reacted. I think Ilana and I both need one though and the GI reccomended it so I'm torn. I would look into Kirkman's, they are highly respected on kids w/ food allergies. Are you doing the Sears elimination diet?

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I am sort of doing my own version of the Sear's elimination. I am eating chicken instead of turkey and am eating more fruits than he includes. Basically, for me I have been eating oatmeal, rice, potatos, fruit, lettuce, chicken, and some organic salad dressings that I got from WFs. I have also just been using olive oil and sunflower oil.

My son is doing great but I can clearly see (from his bm's) that his gut is not healed. Does Whole Foods carry any probiotics? I will be making a trip there later. So, if breastfeeding, I should take it, too?? I know nothing about this stuff....:
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I would take it too, but I would also look at limiting your diet more. It's hard, but I know Evan reacted to pretty much all foods I ate at his worst. Ideally you'd stay on the super base diet till there is no more blood. I did turkey, carrots, pears, and rice and was able to add lettuce and chicken before I decided to wean. Evan however reacted to turkey and carrots when he ate them. It took a long time to heal.

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Please see the post about bifidus and infant gut sealing up in Healing the Gut Tribe Cheat Sheet.

BabyLife is the correct strain of B. infantis supported by research and is dairy free. You can take it too. My Whole Foods carries it in refrigerated section.
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Please do not vax or give antibiotics.
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just wanted to echo a pp's comments about the diet. the more strict it is, the more worthwhile. i flubbed it up and thus had to extend how long i was on the really limiting part of it.

and specifically about oatmeal--- it is usu. contaminated by wheat, which is a very common allergen for babes.

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Please do not vax or give antibiotics.
Just curious, are you posting this just as a "in general" or specifically related to the blood in the stool?

I haven't vaxed yet, we do a delayed schedule, but is there a reason based on the blood that I should hold off for a long time?
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