Snotty Sobs with Happy Endings

Almost a month ago I wrote about how son was having some behavioral trouble. Husband and I had hopes that it wasn't a permanent problem. But I also didn't buy the "Oh, he's just a boy!" advice about it. My gut was telling me something was up. Most of all it was eating me up how son didn't seem to have any control over what was going on.

We went to see a child therapist that was super nice. She taught son how to pretend he was blowing bubbles when he needed to calm down. And would play high energy games and then quickly switch to something low key to try and help him transition. Son pretty much saw it as play time and enjoyed going, but it just didn't feel like the solution.

Meanwhile, well meaning family thinks it's just my crazy self overreacting to typical boy behaviors. But they weren't with us when he almost passed out in Target from a hyperventilating anxiety attack. They didn't hear the mom at the the pool confide to me that the reason nobody would call son for preschool playdates was because the other kids were "afraid he would attack them". And when Grandma saw son punching kids in the face at t-ball games it was always the coach or the other child's fault.

But I kept Googling his symptoms; aggression, anxiety and hyperactivity. Most of the medical sites I found had some scary labels for what was going down. But then I stumbled into a bunch of ADHD and autism message boards. Mothers were talking about yeast and how it could produce all these same symptoms. The thought of trying to do a yeast free, gluten free lifestyle was overwhelming. Not only did I not want son to feel ostracized by not being able to eat like his peers, I knew that I would have to become a giant mother trucking bitch to prevent people from giving him sugar or carbs. Every single t-ball, preschool, play date snack is a big old sugar bomb. A fruit juice box with a fruit rollup and a pack of Oreos is pretty standard.

So while I did stock up the kitchen with more high protein snacks (apples and peanut butter, etc.) I had my fingers crossed that it wouldn't come down to me transforming into a granola tyrant. But our saving grace, the reason that son is displaying NONE of those behaviors right now? Threelac. I swear I don't sell it, I'm not even an Amazon associate so I'm not taking a profit if you click the link. But honest to God this stuff changed his life.

Never in my wildest dreams did I think that Jenny McCarthy would be the person to present our family with the cure for son's behaviors. But she's started a lot of message board conversations when she talked about using Threelac to help her autistic son. Threelac is a yeast buster that kills the "bad" yeast and floods the body with the good bacteria it needs. Kids that are overrun with yeast can become aggressive, anxious and depressed.

As soon as I read about it I just KNEW that this made sense. Because son had the tendency to go into a febrile seizure every time he got even the smallest fever the pediatrician had a running antibiotic prescription for him. He was on antibiotics (and I'm not exaggerating) at least once a month. And as he became more resistant the prescriptions changed to the stronger, double antibiotics. What antibiotics do is kill the bacteria that makes you sick. But antibiotics can't differentiate between the good bacteria that keeps you healthy and the bad bacteria that makes you sick. They just decimate it all. What happens is when you go off the antibiotic the bad (yeast) bacteria goes into overdrive replenishing itself faster than your body can produce the good bacteria.

So son was in this cycle of killing all those suckers and then becoming a yeasty dough boy when the meds stopped. I realized that we also got a lot of prescriptions for yeast creams because he constantly had yeast infections in the diaper area. But what really struck home was when I reread the teacher's notes and realized that most all of son's negative behaviors started about a month after his tonsil/adenoid surgery. What happened after surgery? He didn't get sick so he didn't take ANY antibiotics. So the yeast that was being killed and then reborn with each course of meds now had the playground that was my son's body all to it's damn self.

We started giving him a 1/4 teaspoon of Threelac every night. By about the 4th day husband and I thought that he seemed calmer. By the second week it was like someone gave us our kid back. Sweet, kind, happy son was back to normal. Still a boy, still loving to play Batman and jump off the couch. But not aggressive, not hyperactive and best of all not sad or anxious. About a week and a half ago he had a really bad couple of days. All the old behaviors seemed to come back. So we upped his dosage to 1/2 a tsp for a few days and he was back to normal again. (He's back down to a 1/4 tsp again) Son has been on the Threelac since June 1 and we have cancelled our Dr's appointments and could just about cry with relief. He went to a rock climbing/swimming camp for a week and did awesome.

Right now I have a beer and a bowlful of spicy rice crackers on the desk next to me. Meaning, I'm not particularly health conscious. I still vaccinate my kids and we still drink out of plastic cups and pray we don't get the cancer. I'll still give my children antibiotics if they need it. And yes I am the same person that thought that sticking adhesive tea bags to my feet was a good thing. But I 100% know that it was the Threelac that brought son back to normal. (And my super logical husband agrees.)

If your child needs Ritalin or counseling I still think you are an awesome parent for getting it for them. But give this a shot, at the very least the probiotic will help your kid on the pooper. At best, you may get your kid back. It's expensive, but since you are using a third of the adult dosage for a 50 pound child a month's supply should last you three months. If it makes you nervous ask your Dr. and don't sue me. I just wanted to share with your parent to parent - what a lifesaver this was for us.

25 comments:

TLC said...

That's awesome! I have heard good things about Threelac. We have used No Fenol (sort of the same thing) but have considered Threelac. This should push me over the edge. My son has autism, is on the GFCF diet and takes enzymes and fish oil capsules. What's one more thing? Thanks for this, I think I may link others to it from my blog tomorrow.

T.

Lotta said...

Tic - Def. give it a shot - though I'm not sure how it would mix with his other stuff? Thanks for the link!

Kathi D said...

Bravo!!!!!! I'm so happy for your good news!

Belle in Bloom said...

What great news! I'm so glad this is working for your son. I'm looking into this tonight (this morning? haven't been to bed yet) Like TLC, we are doing the diet, fish oil, blah, blah...what's one more thing? Just going to check that it all mixes well first. Thanks for sharing.
~Belle

Little Monkies said...

LOTTA! WHOOO HOOOOOOOOO!!!!! (LM stands up, does the wave twice). I am so happy that you found a solution. So happy. Sunlight, tunnel behind, wind in your hair....ride on, sister!

Ashley said...

So glad that the probiotics is helping Son! That's great.

Julie in NJ said...

Lotta, I am happy for you and especially happy for your son, for whom it must be especially hard to not be feeling "right" without the words to express what is going on.

Stay the course, sister, and keep doing what you are doing. Follow your gut, there is nothing stronger than mommy instinct.

Julie in NJ

Jen said...

We tried this with our son and didn't have any success but I'm wondering if maybe it's because we just didn't stick with it long enough. Your post makes me wonder if it's not worth another try.

Aimee Greeblemonkey said...

Dude... remember how my hubby had/has all those tummy problems? ER? CAT scans? Colonoscopy? He *did* have a heliobactor pylori infestation at one point but after that, symptoms still lingered and they did more and more tests. Thought maybe Chrohn's disease. Finally the doc put him on a high power probiotic like that one - MUCH MUCH MUCH better. Ours is called VSL#3 and some of the pharmacies carry it here (it's OTC but they keep it behind the counter).

Anyway. SOOO glad you found an answer. HUGS!

Jennifer said...

That's great, Lotta!

Rapunzel said...

What awesome news! You know, much as I don't want to like Jenny McCarthy, after reading her books I honestly do! She's a funny gal and seems much brighter than her ditzy image.

Did you happen to send her a note sharing your success? Maybe it'll never get to her but you never know, imagine she likes getting positive feedback about something other than her boobs. ;-)

jen duncan said...

Sooo happy to hear this Lotta! Such great news. I've never heard of it. Seen jenny on tv a time or two but she hadn't mentioned it.
I just have to suggest one tweak in your daily prayers. Instead of praying for no one to get cancer (you attract what you think about) just say a prayer of gratitude for everyone's continued good health. I know, I sound like the love guru or something, but the law of attraction is so powerful!
hugs to you.

judi said...

OH Lotta...... I'm so happy for you guys!

What a smart Mom......

and who would'a thunk that Jenny McBooby could give such great advice? (Actually, I like her... yet hate her a bit... you know..)

~Diet Goddess~ said...

Did not see the solution coming from Jenny McCarthy...but if it works, fantabulous! I'm so glad your little boy is back and I hope he continues to stay. YIPPEEE for you!

Hetha said...

Fuck yeah Lotta! Good for you guys, and especially son. I've read a ton about the gut/brain connection and have read Jenny's book. There is a lot to that stuff. Most docs think it's quackery because they didn't learn it in med school, but I've been on many boards and lists where parents like you share these stories and it's truly inspiring.

Glad to hear son is a happy little boy again!!!

Wendy said...

So happy you found the solution! It boggles the mind how many kids are probably taking ADD drugs and just need some probiotics.

Lacy said...

That is great news. I have a friend who has a son who might benefit from this. Thanks for the info and link. I hope it continues to work for your boy.

Carol said...

Wow! I am so relieved for you (and your son!).

IamSusie said...

Hooray! I'm so happy for you that you found a solution for your son!

Thanks for the info on Threelac. For us, I stick by Ritalin as dietary/allergy connections don't fit at all with my son's sensory disorder. I'll keep it in mind though and recommend it to other parents!

slackermommy said...

I have heard of there being a yeast connection with kids and have wondered if my daughter's Tourettes, OCD, and ADHD could be yeast related. I also have issues with chronic yeast infections. I'm going to try this on both of us. I'll let you know how it goes. Thanks for sharing!

Lotta said...

Slackermommy - Absolutely try it! I don't have full blown OCD, but I do get very twitchy without my meds. Having to stop and touch my right foot if my left foot accidentally got touched. Fun stuff like that. Maybe I should give this a shot for myself too?

Lotta said...

All - Thanks so much for leaving awesome comments!

AliBlahBlah said...

Wow, I'm so happy for you, thanks for putting this out there.

My Mum went through a similar thing herself last year, hospitalized after a round of antibiotics for a dental procedure allowed some really bad bacteria to proliferate causing an abdominal ulcer. Quite an eye-opener.

decoratorgirl said...

Wonderful news!! I am so glad you shared this! I have been given lots of advice for ADD/ADHD daughter and never heard of this.. she CONSTANTLY had infections and was on antibiotics before we removed her tonsils... I NEVER would have found this info!! THANKS for the update!

Lotta said...

Decoeratorgirl - They say that sinus infections are a big indicator of yeast overgrowth too. I still stand by this as son is doing better and better every day.