My 2 year old has never tolerated milk/milk products well, and has some strange digestive issues that the GI wants to treat with chemical laxatives, etc. Made the mistake of following his advice once, and now feel like most of his issues can be resolved with better things in his diet. He is already dairy-free and has been taking Culturelle for a couple of weeks. Not sure yet if it's helping, but it doesn't seem to be hurting.
I had tried him on Kids RAW Probiotics and it upset his stomach, so IDK if it was too much too soon (only gave 1/8 tsp to start) or if it was b/c it was dairy-based (really don't think he's THAT sensitive, but could be) or something else.
So now I'm looking for ways to get more probiotics in him through his food, but without dairy. I have a book about fermenting foods, but things like kefir are milk-based, and kombucha doesn't seem like a good idea for him either. Any recommendations for finding healthy water kefir grains locally? Sharing bacteria with strangers kind of scares me... Is there store-bought water kefir that would be good for him? Any other ideas?