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Stomach pain and antibiotics are two topics that most people do not consider to be relatable, however repeatedly taking antibiotics can cause digestive issues in the long run.
Being an allergy sufferer, in the past I would have constant bouts with ear infections- definitely not the most pleasant thing to deal with.
And of course in order to clear the ear infection, I would have to take an antibiotic over the course of 7 days. I think just about everyone can relate to this especially individuals with little ones.
The issue is that I do not recall my physcian (s) informing me to take a probiotic after the antibiotic was completed.
Why? I am not quite sure. This to me should be second nature for a physician to inform his/her patients.
An antibiotic should definitely be taken when prescribed by your doctor due to an infection.
When antibiotics are repeatedly taken, I feel that they cause digestive issues which has happened to me.
Antibiotics kill not only bad bacteria but the good bacteria too which causes an imbalance within the digestive system.
A probiotic restores the good bacteria in the stomach which allows for a homeostasis state.
What I have also discovered is that years of taking antiobiotics without probiotics will take awhile for my stomach to completely balance out.
That is why I feel it is so important to introduce a probiotic once the antibiotic has been completed.
I have learned and continue to learn that there are a lot of things we can do to either lessen or avoid having to take an antibiotic.
Ear infection for example--I have been using the neti pot for a few years now and it has prevented me from getting these infections. Thank goodness for a neti pot!
My kids (4,7) also have their own neti pots. They have also been ear infection free (knock on wood) for a few years now.
Now let me tell you...they did not enjoy it at first but it is my responsibility to teach them how to rid their sinuses of mucus in a natural way versus allowing it to build up and then be put on an antibiotic.