We are embarking on a new journey to optimum health. I have been having problems with my health since 2003, which was shortly after my third child was born. I will write more later about that situation. For now I would like to share my findings with you. A couple of us are starting the SCD or Specific Carbohydrate eating plan to deal with Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth.
Part of the regimen options are to deal with the bacterial overgrowth by the utilization of antibiotics that are not systemic and that target just the intestines.
I have tried everything under the sun to get well and I am ready to try this option, but I am nursing so I had some obvious concerns. I got an opinion of three different physicians.
This is what I found out:
Rifaximin: Peeks 1 hour after it is taken and is out of your system within 2-5hours.
Neomycin: Peeks 1-3 hours after it is taken and is out of your system after 6 hours.
Neomycin is some times prescribed for children, therefore you would assume this may be safer for a nursing baby.
From what I understand any studies done to measure the safety for children have been on children 12 years old and up.
Both of these antibiotics are not systemic which means they are not supposed to be transported through the blood system.
Generally the feeling is that these “should” be safe if you are nursing, but the truth is no studies have been done on infants that nursed while their mother’s took these antibiotics. As usual we must weigh the benefit over the potential risks. Probiotics are an important part of recovery if one chooses to use antibiotics, for both baby and mother. I would love to know if you have any extra information on the subject.
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