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i've just been reading a bit about leaky gut syndrome. my breastfed baby has food sensitivities so does that mean I have a leaky gut or does he have a leaky gut? is this where antibiotics can come into play? my DS has been on antibiotics since birth (almost 5 mo.) started having stool issues at 8 weeks. has gotten better since i cut dairy soy and gluten but not completely better. so could the lack of good intestinal flora have made his gut leaky in such a short time?
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Babies are naturally born with a leaky gut, so that BM can be processed through quickly. As they mature, the gut lining closes up. Antibiotics also can do damage, and make the lining more leaky, or keep it from tightening up.

You also probably have leaky gut, if your LO is reacting through your BM. Normally, your food is broken down before it ever gets to your BM... but with leaky gut, larger proteins are getting through, going into your BM, and then causing a reaction in your LO (because LO's gut is also leaky and can't filter those large proteins.)

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Babies are naturally born with a leaky gut, so that BM can be processed through quickly. As they mature, the gut lining closes up. Antibiotics also can do damage, and make the lining more leaky, or keep it from tightening up.

You also probably have leaky gut, if your LO is reacting through your BM. Normally, your food is broken down before it ever gets to your BM... but with leaky gut, larger proteins are getting through, going into your BM, and then causing a reaction in your LO (because LO's gut is also leaky and can't filter those large proteins.)

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Didn't even realize that both threads were yours....

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your blog is great. its nice to finally see all of this info in one place.

i have only recently heard of leaky gut, but i am feeling that i likely have it. from the info i've seen i have several of the symptoms and it just makes sense that this could be effecting DS.

when you say antibiotics can keep babies gut lining from tightening up, do you mean the antibiotics themselves cause it, or the overgrowth of yeast and lack of good flora caused by the antibiotic?

and is it weird that i know suspect everyone in my family has a leaky gut? i'm starting us all on probiotics and i am taking digestive enzymes as well and remaining on my restricted diet.

which brings another question. i am assuming i should continue to restrict my diet as long as i am breastfeeding. even if i heal my gut my DS will still react to the foods that his body has created antibodies against, even if those foods are properly broken down by my body, am i thinking right?
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Thanks!

The antibiotics cause kill off good bacteria, which causes an inbalance... and then the yeast or other bad bacteria take over and cause damage.

I don't think that's weird at all. Everyone I know that has a health issue, I start thinking about how it is gut related, and how they could fix it.

Supposedly, antibodies are only active for a certain period of time. That's why a lot of people recommend a rotation diet. The premise being that if you only eat a food every 4 days, you will make antibodies but they will have died off by the time you eat the food again, so you will never have a reaction. A rotation diet did help us sort out some of our bad foods... but 4 days was definitely not long enough for the antibodies to die down in DD or me. But I think that if you keep the food out of your diet for 6-12 months, as well as doing gut healing, you can definitely consider reintroducing foods.

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