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Can probiotic be given to an infant for constipation and acid reflux?

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can you give a 5 week old baby a probiotic supplement to help with constipation and acid reflux? My little does well on the enfamil AR formula but has trouble with bowels for which he has to strain to pass which increases his reflux.
Posted Mon, 10 Sep 2012 in Child Health
Answered by Dr. Aparna Kohli 2 hours later
Thanks for writing in.
Routine supplementation of probiotics for a 5 week old child is not recommended. For all children less than 6 months of age, exclusive breast feeding is recommended. As such constipation is rare in breast fed infants.
If you're giving him a supplement like Enfamil AR, you could consider giving him fruit juices which have been prepared at home, so you add all that fibre back into the fruit.
Reflux is something which will definitely get better with age.
I hope that answers your question.
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Follow-up: Can probiotic be given to an infant for constipation and acid reflux? 10 hours later
When you talk about fruit juice that has been prepared at home what do you mean by that exactly? And how much do you give? Thank you for your answer.
Answered by Dr. Aparna Kohli 9 minutes later
Fruit juice at home would mean just peeling an orange or any fruit you like and crushing it in the blender with some water and sugar ( if required). That way we retain the fibre of the fruit. You can give as much as your child would be willing to take. This should significantly help.
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