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Gut health repair after antibiotics.

Everytime your Doctor prescribes you to take a course of antibiotics it will effect your gut flora. You will experience the side effects of antibiotics and how do you manage these symptoms while your gut biome rebuilds itself?
Antibiotics will target all bacteria including the good ones and the bad. You can take certain actions to replace the good bacteria while you’re on antibiotics, and help nurture them back into balance after the course is over.
After that, the good microbes and the unfriendly ones slowly rebuild, and if all goes well, they come back into balance. But, it takes time, and they don’t always colonize in harmony. Probiotics can help bacteria grow back faster and in balance.
Supplement with probiotics: To keep one strain of gut flora from taking over, supplement with probiotics while you’re taking antibiotics. The friendly probiotic bacteria may not colonize in the gut, but they can still help you through a course of antibiotics. If you time your probiotic dosage right, the good bacteria that are just passing through will be able to do their job and keep the bad guys in check. A few will even survive and be able to continue to keep the balance until the next dose of antibiotics wipes them out.
Timing and type are crucial: Make sure to take your probiotics at least two hours before or after antibiotic doses. Also, if you are sensitive to probiotics, avoid strains that might generate histamines, like Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus reuteri and Lactobacillus bulgaricus. Instead, opt for Lactobacillus plantarum, Bifdocaterium lactis, Bifdocaterium infantis and Bifidobacterium longum. These strains lower histamine levels, reduce inflammation and improve digestion.
Take S. boulardii: S. boulardii is a beneficial yeast, not a bacteria, so antibiotics can’t touch it. In several studies, researchers found that S. boulardii prevented antibiotic-associated diarrhea (AAD) when they administered it with antibiotics.

SIDS Prevention for Babies. Precautions and preventions recommended by AAP.

Sleep needs for babies vary depending on their age, newborns do sleep much of the time but their sleep is in very short segments. As a baby grows, the total amount of sleep slowly decreases but the length of nighttime sleep increases.
Generally, newborns sleep about 8 to 9 hours in the daytime and about 8 hours at night but they may not sleep more than 1 to 2 hours at a time. Most babies don't start sleeping through the night without waking until they are about 3 months old, or until they weigh 12 to 13 pounds. About two-thirds of babies are able to sleep through the night on a regular basis by age 6 months.
Babies also have different sleep cycles than adults. Babies spend much less time in rapid eye movement (REM) sleep (which is dream time sleep). And the cycles are shorter.
Babies may not be able to create their own sleeping and waking patterns. Surprisingly, not all babies know how to put themselves to sleep. And not all babies can go back to sleep if they are awakened in the night. When it is time for bed, many parents want to rock or breastfeed a baby to help him or her fall asleep. Creating a bedtime routine is a good idea. But don't let your baby fall asleep in your arms. This may become a pattern. And your baby may begin to expect to be in your arms in order to fall asleep. When your baby briefly wakes up during a sleep cycle, they may not be able to go back to sleep on their own.
Babies who feel secure are better able to handle separations, especially at night. Cuddling and comforting your baby during the day can help him or her feel more secure.

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