Bambini Newsletter   May 2015

CPR Training at Bambini      

Our very own Donna Lyons, a seasoned pediatric nurse, instructor at Ridley-Lowell, and CPR trainer, will be offering a Basic Life Support (BLS) class here on Saturday June 20th at 1 PM.


Fee is $50; students that successfully complete course will be awarded a certificate; emphasis will be on pediatric resuscitation.  For further details, please contact Donna directly:    

The GUT-BRAIN Connection

According to the CDC, of the 75 million US children under 18, some 11% have ADHD. That would been about 600 kids in our practice carry the diagnosis. And we know that about 1 in 50 boys are ending up on the autism spectrum. How can we turn the tide?


A study published in Nature last month caught our attention. Anna Pärtty and a team of Finnish researchers evaluated 75 infants who were randomized to either receive Lactobacillus rhamnosus, or a placebo during the first six months of life. The study then followed these kids for the next 13 years.


At age 13 years, ADHD or autistic spectrum was diagnosed in 17.1% of the children in the placebo group and none (as in NONE!) in the group receiving the probiotic.


Wow. Give your baby probiotics now, which have many other health benefits (see below), and avoid years of Concerta or Abilify later. The L. rhamnosus strain is found in many brands of probiotics, including Baby's Jarro-dophilus, which we stock in the apothecary.  

Novel Approach to Protecting Students 

Probiotics aren't just for babies. In a study published a few weeks ago in Clinical Infectious Diseases, 310 students from Sheffield, United Kingdom were given either a probiotic nose drop containing 10,000 colony forming units of Neisseria lactamica or a sham inoculation.


The proportion of students colonized with N. meningitides, the bug that causes about 2,000 cases per year of serious bacterial meningitis, dropped after inoculation, going from 24.2% to 6.7% after 4 weeks. In students receiving the placebo, there was no change.


For kids going off to college or boarding school, doctors are now compelled to offer two vaccines to reduce the risk of meningococcal meningitis: Menveo (or Menactra) - which covers certain strains, and now Bexsero, which was just introduced to cover group B strains.


But the probiotics have a more pronounced effect on colonization than vaccines currently produce. Sure something to think about, especially during an outbreak.

Probiotics in the Bedroom?        

Speaking again of probiotics, we know that oral administration is showing promise in allergic rhinitis, a condition that many if not most of us have had some trouble with this spring.


But here's a twist: spraying probiotics on bed linens to reduce dust mites. Although this sounds safer than other products such as benzyl benzoate, doesn't it seem a little counter-intuitive to spritz your daughter's bed with bacteria? And rather pricey bugs, no less.


The posted product reviews on MarsVenus are pretty striking, but we're not quite convinced.  Have any of you tried Chrisal?  Share your experience on our Facebook page under the link to this newsletter. 

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