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.