Why do these "bad bugs" cause so many problems? The issue is that certain dangerous gut flora such as clostridium difficile and candida albicans produce harmful toxins that can get into your child's blood stream and cause all kinds of neurological and inflammatory damage.
Why Vancomycin and Nystatin Alone May Not Be Enough. Many people who find out that their child has one of these harmful gut infections may try antibiotic or antifungal therapies such as vancomycin and nystatin to clear out the bad bugs. Often times this will result in a brief period of improvement, followed by a relapse of symptoms. Why? The problem is this: once the antibiotic or antifungal medication clears out some of the bad bugs, you end up with a lot of empty "real estate" in the intestines. If that space isn't taken up by beneficial bacteria, then the harmful bacteria and fungus has a chance to go right back in and repopulate.
Balancing Your Child's Flora. To keep your child's digestive tract functioning properly, you need both a healthy gut lining and healthy gut flora. A healthy gut lining means keeping the intestines sealed properly so that only completely digested food can get into the blood stream. When the gut lining is dysfunctional, you can develop what we call "leaky gut syndrome," where undigested food can get into the system, triggering inflammation and allergies. Healthy gut flora means both repopulating with beneficial bacteria (probiotics) and supporting those bacteria through proper diet and supplementary nutrition.
Through holistic interventions many children and adolescents with autism and other neurological and inflammatory issues have experienced huge improvements in concentration, sleep, mood, digestive function, and overall wellbeing.
Read more about it:
- The Potential Role of Probiotics in the Management of Childhood Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Autism's Gut-Brain Connection