L. acidophilus is considered to be a 'probiotic' as are all the bacteria used to culture yogurt. It's important to get more than just acidophilus tho...
Colesmom: check the label of your acidophilus for babes. I'll betcha it's got some L. rhamnosus and maybe so bifidus in there as well. If not, you may want to find one that has a combo.
It's sooooooooooo COMPLETELY untrue that probiotics will lessen the effect of the antibiotic!!!!! I can't stress this ENOUGH!!! The so-called 'probiotics'(the topic of my master's thesis) are actually just regular ole intestinal flora. That is to say, they're in your body already and are MEANT to be there. The 'intestinal flora' aids in digestion, aids the immune system and the combination of the specific bacteria that are there keep one another in check and prevent one another from over growing. When one takes antibiotics, they not only kill the bug that's causing the infection, they kill some of your flora as well. Taking probiotics is just good maintenance to replace this flora before so that the other bacteria don't take advantage of the increased space to over grow. A good example of this is a YEAST INFECTION. C. albicans (aka yeast) is opportunistic, which means, it will take advantage of the space, over grow and cause all manner of crap. Antibiotics are useless against fungus and, hence just make C. albicans laugh
Colesmom: it sounds like this could be what's happening with your babes bottom. A yeasty bum looks more like a 'raised redness' than a bumpy, pimply rash per se. It may be painiful, but many aren't. Look out for white patches in his mouth and/or nipple redness/soreness where there was none before. Once you get thrush or a yeast infection in your breasts its an ABSOLUTE BUGGER
to get rid of( Trust me, I've been there
). The reason, quite simply, is because it normally lives on your skin. The reason the Desitin is working is basically because of the barrier. By washing his bottom and slathering on the cream like 'icing a cake
', you're preventing the yeast from much contact with his skin. Yeast thrive in nice warm, damp areas.
So, yeah, you can never take too many probiotics and the WORST thing to do, besides not taking them at all, would be to wait until after you were done with the antibiotics. They probiotics will also, 'boost' your babe's immune system, which can't hurt.
Oh, one more thing (if you've made it this far
), antibiotics ARE NOT the root of all evil
. If you need 'em, there is ABSOLUTELY NO shame in taking them. Just be aware that they are VERY hard on the body as a whole. The problem is that Doc's overperscribe them and this is reducing their effectiveness for those infections that actually need them. They are useless against colds and flus as these are caused by viruses!! Antibiotics ONLY work against bacteria.
Colesmom: if your babe has pus, then he needs antibiotics. Poor fella
. How's he dealing with all of this?