Bottle of ProbioticYesterday I wrote a post about my 5 Best Probiotics For Adults. Feel free to check that post out too since it has a lot of good general information about probiotics. Today I am going to review what I consider to be 4 of the best probiotics for kids.

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Selection Criteria: What To Look For

The main 3 pieces of information that I look for when I compare probiotics for kids are:

  1. Number of Billions of CFU (colony forming units): For kids, the appropriate number of CFU is considerably less than for adults. 0.5 – 3 Billion is appropriate for children from what I have researched.
  2. Is refrigeration is required? I prefer to keep all of my kid’s supplements on the same shelf, so I would prefer not to have to refrigerate their daily probiotics.
  3. Cost: There are many good quality kid’s supplements available for 15-30 cents per serving.

Nature’s Way Primadophilus for Children

This product is a powder which can be mixed in with breastmilk, milk, applesauce or yogurt for a child of any age. The label says for ages 2 and under to consult a health professional, which is typical for all of the products I will be reviewing.

  1. This product contains 3 Billion CFU per serving. The serving size is 1 teaspoon.
  2. Storage Instructions: “Keep refrigerated to maintain maximum potency.”
  3. This product is available in a 5oz container for the following current price:
    1. $12.63 ($0.27 / Serving)

Other ingredients include rice maltodextrin and silica.

Nature’s Way Primadophilus for Kids

This product is a chewable tablet. Unfortunately when my kids tried it, they said the tablets were very hard to chew. They did not finish the bottle.

  1. This product contains 3 Billion CFU per serving. The serving size is 1 chewable tablet.
  2. Storage Instructions: “Keep refrigerated to maintain maximum potency.”
  3. This product is available in a 30 tablet bottle for the following current prices:
    1. Price for Cherry Flavor, Pack of 2: $13.61 ($0.23 / Serving)
    2. Price for Orange Flavor, Pack of 2: $15.18 ($0.25 / Serving)

Other ingredients for the cherry flavor include sorbitol, xylitol, cellulose, natural cherry flavor, magnesium stearate, citric acid, silica, and ascorbic acid. May contain a minimal residual amount of milk or soy proteins.

Other ingredients for the orange flavor include sorbitol, xylitol, cellulose, magnesium stearate, citric acid, silica, turmeric, natural orange flavor, natural vanilla flavor, and ascorbic acid. May contain a minimal residual amount of milk or soy proteins.

Nature’s Plus – Animal Parade Acidophikidz

This is a chewable tablet. My kids haven’t tried this particular product, but they have taken other chewable supplements by Nature’s Plus Animal Parade. My daughter will eat Animal Parade chewables, but my son won’t anymore. He says he doesn’t like the texture.

  1. This product contains 1 Billion CFU per serving. The serving size is 1 animal-shaped chewable tablet.
  2. Storage Instructions: “Keep tightly closed in a cool, dry place.”
  3. This product is available in a 90 tablet bottle for the following current prices:
    1. Price: $15.99 ($0.18 / Serving)
    2. Price for Pack of 2: $27.74 ($0.15 / Serving)

Other ingredients include HerbaFlor (a complex of Rhododendron Root [Rhododendron caucasicum extract and botanical growth accelerants – Fructooligosaccharides [FOS] from Dahlia Tuber [Dahlia inula] and Chicory Root [Chichorium intybus]; Wild Clover Honey, Fructose, natural flavor, natural colors, citric acid, magnesium stearate.

Rainbow Light Probiolicious Gummies

This is a gummy probiotic. It is the one that all three of my kids currently like and take.

  1. This product contains 500 Million (0.5 Billion) CFU per serving. The serving size for children is 1 gummy.
  2. Storage instructions: “No refrigeration required. Store in a cool, dry place, away from heat and direct sunlight.”
  3. This product is available in a 50 gummy bottle for the following current prices:
    1. Price: $12.93 ($0.26 / Serving)
    2. One-time Purchase (100 / Pack of 2): $26.40 ($0.26 / Serving)
      1. Subscribe & Save 5%: $25.08 ($0.25 / Serving)
      2. Subscribe & Save 15%: $22.44 ($0.22 / Serving)

Other ingredients include Water, cane sugar, gelatin, citric acid, lactici acid, tartaric acid, natural glazin agent (vegetable oil, beeswax), natural color (black carot), natural flavor (cranberry).

So What Should You Choose?

Given the way the pricing comes out, I recommend seeing if your kid will take the Nature’s Plus – Animal Parade Acidophikidz first. Since one of my kids won’t take that one, I’m satisfied with what they are getting from the Rainbow Light Probiolicious Gummies. These are also the two products that don’t require refrigeration, which is my preference.

The Nature’s Way products are high quality though and definitely higher-potency. So if your child has any digestive issues or is taking antibiotics, I would see if one of those two works better for you. I use the powder when my kids are under age two and needed to take antibiotics. I really don’t worry about giving probiotics to my kids when they are younger than age two otherwise.

Do your kids take a probiotic supplement? If so, please let me know about your experiences in the comments below.

 

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In my recent post My 5 Favorite Natural Ear Infection Remedies, I mentioned that I take a probiotic supplement as well as having my kids take a probiotic. Part of surviving with kids is keeping mom and dad healthy.

Edit: See my subsequent review My Top 4 Best Probiotics for Kids for my recommendations for probiotics for kids.

Periodically I check pricing and evaluate if I want to switch things up with any of my supplements. So I have done some comparison research on some of the best probiotics for adults.

First I will describe the criteria that I use to evaluate the probiotics, then I will provide information on 5 top rated probiotics available from amazon.com and finally I will share which probiotic I plan to purchase next for myself.

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Selection Criteria: What Is Important

The main 4 pieces of information that I look for when I compare probiotics are:.

  1. Number of Billions of CFU (colony forming units): From various research that I have done, I consider 10-20 Billion CFU to be the appropriate range for a daily or maintenance probiotic supplement for an adult. If someone has been taking antibiotics or has severe digestive issues such as IBS, the recommendations I have seen are 25-50 Billion CFU.
  2. Number of Strains: I prefer a minimum of 6 different strains of probiotics.
  3. If refrigeration is required: I prefer to keep all of my supplements on the same shelf, so I would prefer not to have to refrigerate my daily probiotics.
  4. Cost: There are many good quality supplements available for 15-30 cents per serving. I have noted pricing and per serving calculations in my review below based on today’s current pricing. The amazon link box on the right side of each product has the most current one-time purchase price and may vary slightly from what I listed.

Healthy Origins Probiotic 30 Billion

  1. This product contains 30 Billion CFU per serving. The serving size is 1 capsule.
  2. This product has 8 different strains of probiotics.
  3. Storage Instructions: “stable while refrigerated or stored at room temperature.”
  4. This product is available in a 60 Vcap bottle for the following current prices:
    1. One-time Purchase: $18.81 ($0.31/ Serving)
    2. Subscribe & Save 5%: $17.87 ($0.30 / Serving)
    3. Subscribe & Save 15%: $15.99 ($0.27 / Serving)

Other ingredients include Vegetable capsule (cellulose, water), microcrystalline cellulose, vegetable magnesium stearate, and silicon dioxide.

NOW Foods Probiotic-10

  1. This product contains 25 Billion CFU per serving. The serving size is 1 capsule.
  2. This product has 10 different strains of probiotics.
  3. Storage Instructions: “Keep refrigerated to maintain potency.”
  4. This product is available in a 50 vegetarian capsule bottle for the following current prices:
    1. Price: $13.79 ($0.28 / Serving)
    2. Price for Pack of 2: $24.91 ($0.25 / Serving)

Other ingredients include Cellulose Powder, Cellulose (capsule), FOS (fructooligosaccharides), Ascorbyl Palmitate and Silica.

Sedona Labs Iflora Multi-Probiotic Formula

  1. This product contains 32 Billion CFU per serving. The serving size is 2 capsules. This means that you can take half a serving for a daily dose and increase to a full serving for a high-potency dose.
  2. This product has 16 different strains of probiotics.
  3. Storage Instructions: “Store at room temperature away from heat and moisture.”
  4. This product is available in a 60 vegetarian capsule bottle for the following current prices:
    1. One-time Purchase: $15.40 ($0.26 / half serving)
    2. Subscribe & Save 5%: $17.39 ($0.29 / half serving)
    3. Subscribe & Save 15%: $15.56 ($0.26 / half serving)

Other ingredients include Vegetarian capsule (cellulose), vegetable starch, calcium silicate, and silica.

Puritan’s Pride Rapid Release Probiotic 10

  1. This product contains 20 Billion CFU per serving. The serving size is 2 capsules.
  2. This product has 10 different strains of probiotics.
  3. Storage Instructions: “Store unopened container at room temperature. Refrigerate after opening.”
  4. This product is available in a 120 rapid release capsule bottle for the following current prices:
    1. One-time Purchase: $15.57 ($0.26 / Serving)
    2. Subscribe & Save 5%: $14.79 ($0.25 / Serving)
    3. Subscribe & Save 15%: $13.23 ($0.22 / Serving)

Other ingredients include gelatin, dicalcium phosphate, silica, vegetable magnesium stearate. Contains milk ingredients.

Nutrition Now PB 8 Probiotic Acidophilus

  1. This product contains 14 Billion CFU per serving. The serving size is 2 capsules.
  2. This product has 8 different strains of probiotics.
  3. Storage Instructions: “Store in a cool dry place; best if refrigerated after opening.”
  4. This product is available in a 120 capsule bottle for the following current prices:
    1. Price for Original Formula: $13.75 ($0.23 / Serving)
    2. Price for Original Formula for Pack of 2: $23.90 ($0.20 / Serving)
    3. Price for Vegetarian Formula: $8.99 ($0.15 / Serving)

Other ingredients for the original formula include microcrystalline cellulose, inulin, magnesium stearate, silica, and capsule (gelatin, water).

Other ingredients for the vegetarian formula include microcrystalline cellulose, magnesium stearate, silica, and vegetarian capsule (cellulose, water).

So What Should You Choose?

The Sedona Labs product is what I have been taking at the Subscribe & Save 15% price of $15.56 ($0.26 / half serving). Given the much lower price for the Nutrition Now Vegetarian Formula price of $8.99 ($0.15 / Serving), I am going to give this product a spin next month, even though it is recommended to be refrigerated.

You may have some different priorities, so I encourage you use the information I have gathered to make your own decisions. These are all good, highly rated products that serve a variety of people very well.

If you have any questions or comments, please leave them in the comments section below. I would love to hear your experiences with probiotics for adults.

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Infant Acetaminophen and SyringeAs I mentioned in my post on Ear Infections, I like to use Acetaminophen occasionally to help keep noses running and to keep them from becoming a stuffy nose (which can lead to ear infections).

If you check out the children’s pain relief section of your local pharmacy, you will probably see three choices in the infant pain relievers: Infants’ TYLENOL® Oral Suspension, Little Remedies® Infant Fever/Pain Reliever and a store brand version (I will use CVS Infants Pain Relief Liquid – Cherry as my example, but ingredients do vary somewhat among store brands).

Ingredients: Some Better Than Others

All three products will have the same active ingredient: Acetaminophen 160 mg in each 5 mL. The differences become apparent when you compare the inactive ingredients.

  • Tylenol (Grape Flavor): anhydrous citric acid, butylparaben, D&C red no. 33, FD&C blue no. 1, flavors, glycerin, high fructose corn syrup, microcrystalline cellulose and carboxymethylcellulose sodium, propylene glycol, purified water, sodium benzoate, sorbitol solution, sucralose, xanthan gum
  • Tylenol (Cherry Flavor): anhydrous citric acid, butylparaben, FD&C red no. 40, flavors, glycerin, high fructose corn syrup, microcrystalline cellulose and carboxymethylcellulose sodium, propylene glycol, purified water, sodium benzoate, sorbitol solution, sucralose, xanthan gum
  • Little Remedies (Natural Berry): Citric acid, glycerin, natural flavors, potassium sorbate, povidone, propylene glycol, purified water, sodium citrate, sucralose, sucrose and xanthan gum.
  • CVS (Cherry Flavor): Anhydrous Citric Acid, Butylparaben, Calcium Sulfate, Carrageenan, FD&C Red 40, Flavor, Glycerin, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Hydroxyethyl Cellulose, Microcrystalline Cellulose and Carboxymethylcellulose Sodium, Propylene Glycol, Purified Water, Sodium Benzoate, Sorbitol Solution, Tribasic Sodium Phosphate.

As you can see, there are quite a few similarities between the Tylenol version and the CVS brand version. There are also quite a few differences between the two and the Little Remedies version. The two main differences are in the sweeteners and the food coloring.

Sweeteners: Please Not High Fructose Corn Syrup

Sugar in a BowlThe Tylenol product has both high fructose corn syrup and sucralose. The Little Remedies product has both sucralose and sucrose. The CVS product uses only High Fructose Corn Syrup.

The dangers of High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) are heavily debated. Many sources indicate, such as this one from Huffington Post, that our bodies do not process HFCS the same was as table sugar which can lead to an increase in diabetes.

I don’t know if there is enough HFCS in a dose of Acetaminophen to make a huge difference, but I feel there is compelling enough evidence to try to avoid as much HFCS as possible. Therefore if there is an alternative product that does not contain HFCS, that will generally be my preference.

I am not thrilled that the Little Remedies product has sucralose in it as newer studies are showing it as being less and less safe, but I have yet to find an infant Acetaminophen that only has sucrose (or normal table sugar) as the only ingredient. If you know of one, please let me know in the comments section below.

Artifical Food Coloring / Dye: Color Me Purple

Both the Tylenol product and the CVS product have artificial food coloring. When you look at the liquid, it will be either purple (grape) or pink (cherry). One of the most readily observable concerns with artificial colors, especially Red #40, is that it seems to cause hyperactivity in children. The concerns are described in more detail on this page by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, but I have observed this effect in my own children as well as in other children.

Little Remedies is artificial color / dye free. The color of the liquid itself is a faint beige color. The additional benefit of not having any dye is that when your kid dribbles a little bit out, that it doesn’t stain the clothes.

So What Do I Recommend

So despite a few misgivings about the sucralose, I currently recommend and use Little Remedies Acetaminophen.

The 2 oz. Infant version comes with a syringe dispenser. The 4 oz. Children’s version comes with a cup, but still has the syringe accepting lid. So if you have kids young enough that you need the syringe, I recommend that you get the infant version the first time, keep the syringe, and get the large bottle Children’s version the next time. It has the same active ingredient of Acetaminophen 160 mg in each 5 mL.

I have included amazon.com ‘shop now’ boxes with current pricing for both products to the right. The Infant version is the image on the top and the Children’s version is the image on the bottom.

For additional savings per oz. on the infant version, there is a two pack available through the same infant product link. However once you have the syringe, you can see that there is definite cost savings by using the Children’s version. For additional savings, the Children’s version is available via Amazon Subscribe and Save for an additional 5-15% off.

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TornadoI have lived in Oklahoma my whole life. Tornadoes are something that happen when Spring rolls in each year. Something that can have deadly consequences if ignored.

The most important aspect of tornado safety with kids is to have a plan. Some locations are safer than others, so make sure your plans match the weather forecast. You don’t want to plan to eat out for dinner on a day when thunderstorms are expected.

Check the Weather Forecast. Every Day.

The number one aspect to tornado safety when you live in Tornado Alley (Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, New Mexico, Colorado, North Dakota, and Minnesota) is to be aware of the weather forecast. Check the forecast every day during the months of March, April, May, and June.

Weather 5 Day ForecastI use two sources for checking the weather. The first is weather.com. I first look at the Hourly Forecast page to review today’s weather, and then I check the 5 Day Forecast.

As an example, in the image to the right, you can see that I will need to pay particular attention to the weather next Monday as Thunderstorms are predicted. Sunday night I will check the hourly forecast in order to see approximately what time of day the thunderstorms are expected.

My second source for weather is a weatherman named Aaron Tuttle. He is based in Oklahoma City, which is west of where I live. Since thunderstorms tend to move from west to east, this is very convenient. I follow him on facebook (check him out at Aaron Tuttle Meteorologist if you live in Oklahoma also) so almost every morning I get an update of what the weather forecast is for the next few days. I have chosen to see his posts first in my news feed, so when he posts something it is always at the top.

National Weather Service Alerts: Pay Attention To Them

The National Weather Service is the organization that issues various watches, warnings and advisories to keep people informed of applicable winter season, severe weather, or flooding activity.

Many cell phone carriers push text alerts with a loud alert on your smartphone. My carrier doesn’t, so I use Aaron Tuttle’s app called ATsWeatherToGo. In addition to the NWS warnings, this app gives you three additional useful warnings which occur up to 15 minutes before an NWS warnings are issued: a ‘Twisting Storm Approaching’, ‘Dangerous Storms Approaching’, and ‘Storms in Area’. If you decide to use this app, make sure you follow the instruction in order to activate these alerts. They are not turned on by default.

Where To Be During Severe Weather

Now that you know some options to being weather aware, how does this help you? The main benefit is to ensure that you are in a safe location. It is is generally dangerous to be outside, in a mobile home or in a vehicle during a tornado watch. If you stay weather aware, you can avoid these situations. For example, if I know a thunderstorm with tornado potential is due to hit town around 6pm, then I will leave work a few minutes early in order to get all of my kids picked up and get home before then.

Tornado SirenIf your kids are in school, they do tornado drills and should know where to go when sirens sound. On a day when severe weather is expected, you can remind your kids to follow the drill they have learned and tell them you will pick them up when it is safe.

Because of the topography of our city and where our house is in relationship to the river, we have rarely had the tornado sirens sound. On the rare occasion when it has, my husband and I quickly lined up the various toddler/crib bed mattresses in the hallway. We moved each kid into the hallway (our designated safe place) and they all just stayed asleep.

A few weeks ago though, we had a tornado go through about 30 minutes north of us. We were under a tornado watch which prompted our burglar alarm system to emit its warning beeps during dinner. This had never happened before, so we explained to the kids about the tornado but explained that it was ~30 miles north of us.

When my daughter R (age 4) heard this that is was a tornado warning, she got a bit anxious. She has a friend in her class that had his family’s home completely destroyed last year by a tornado. We explained that when the sirens went off, that we would all go to the hallway. She was a little bit unsatisfied with the simplicity of the routine, so that is partially what inspired this post. We needed to formalize our plan a little bit to help us feel more prepared.

The Tornado Drill Plan

As I mentioned, I am working on a more detailed plan to talk about with our kids. I have outlined the beginnings of our plan below:

  • When A Tornado Watch Is Issued:
    • Adults get their smartphones with weather app installed and keep it close by.
    • Have each person put their shoes in the hallway.
    • Check that the flashlight and weather radio is in the hallway.
  • When A Tornado Warning Is Issued (When Sirens Sound)
    • Go to the hallway and close all of the doors.
    • Remind kids that they cannot leave the hallway.
    • Use arms and neck to protect head.

What do you include in your Tornado Drill Plan? If you have something in your plan that I am missing, please leave me a note in the comments below.

After A Tornado

I haven’t been through a tornado, so I will need to do some research on what to do after one. Sometime in the future, I will write about tornado clean up and will come back here and post a link to that post.

Have you been through a tornado or other natural disaster? If you feel comfortable sharing, please share your experiences in the comments below.

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A few weeks ago my youngest, G, woke up in the middle of the night and wouldn’t go back to sleep. Since he was crying pretty loudly, I took him out to the living room and sat down with him, intending to rock, in the recliner. He would not relax, sitting straight up in my lap, just yelling inconsolably.

Finally I remembered what my mom had always told me, that the only time we kids ever woke up inconsolable was when we had an ear infection. Ugh, no mom’s favorite middle of the night realization.

Between pregnant brain and G having had only maybe 2 ear infections before, I was a little slow to realize that was probably the issue for his recent irritableness. It is spring in Oklahoma and all kinds of random things have started blooming.

So I turned to our favorite natural ear infection remedy: Mullein Garlic Oil. I put a few drops in each ear and we sat back down to rock. Within 10 minutes, he was calm. He was finally able to relax and lay his head down on my shoulder. I took this as my cue to head back to the bedroom where we were able to go back to sleep.

Ear infections are pretty much the bane of most parent’s existence. There is nothing worse than an inconsolable kid, especially in the middle of the night. We have quite a few techniques that we use to try to prevent infections, both on a routine basis and at the first sign of the common cold symptoms, such as a runny nose.

Bottle of ProbioticsProbiotic Supplements: For The Whole Family

Probiotics are one of the few supplements that we give our kids every day. We went through several children’s probiotic supplements and the only one that my kids like well enough to take every day is the Rainbow Light Probiolicious Gummies. See my post My Top 4 Best Probiotics for Kids for a few other great options.

One of the things I like best about this product is that no refrigeration is required so we can keep them in the medicine cabinet with the other vitamins. It does not contain a huge amount of probiotics, but it is enough for an everyday supplement for my kids.

I personally take a higher-potency probiotic. See my post 5 Best Probiotics For Adults for what I recommend and use myself. If for some reason my kids needed to use antibiotics, I would probably break open one of my capsules and put it in a drink for them to replenish their good bacteria more quickly.

Chiropractic Adjustment: Get Straightened Out

In general, one of the things my chiropractor preaches is that chiropractic adjustment helps the immune system work more efficiently. If the body isn’t having to work around a misalignment, then it can heal itself better. I have definitely found this to be true.

At the first sign of cold symptoms, we go to the chiropractor and get that person’ neck adjustment and almost every time, their nose starts running like crazy before we leave the office. One of the best ways to keep infection away is to keep the nose running.

Acetaminophen: Not The Most Natural, But Effective

I have found that just plain acetaminophen helps to prevent ear infections. I do not use this once there is a fever involved, even though it is advertised as a fever reducer. I want to let the body fight the infection naturally. When I use this is when someone has had a runny nose and is starting to get ‘stuffed up’. I give a little bit of acetaminophen in order to get their nose running again. My preferred product for my kids the Little Remedies brand version. I like that it is paraben, dye and gluten free. See my review: Why I Use Little Remedies Acetaminophen.

As I mentioned above, keeping the nose running really seems to help prevent infection. If anyone has a more natural (and preferably a renewable or easily stocked up on) suggestion to replace using acetaminphen, please drop me a note in the comments section at the end of the post.

Natural Allergy Elimination Techniques: Less Tissues Needed

One of the longer term strategies we strongly credit with reducing the number of ear infections that we get in the first place is the elimination of most of our allergies. We are fortunate to have a very reasonably priced NAET practitioner in our city.

It is one of the craziest techniques to try to describe, so I’ll let you read about it on their website, but we started going for allergy treatments about 6 years ago and the number of ear infections my kids (and myself) get has dropped dramatically. The incident I described at the beginning of my post was only the second or third time G has had an ear infection and he is getting ready to turn 2 later this month. He had his first allergy treatment at the age of 4 weeks.

I personally used to get at least two ear infections per year due to seasonal allergies. I haven’t had one in at least three years now. It really has been such a blessing to reduce all of our seasonal allergies.

Contents in a bottle of Mullein Garlic OilMullein Garlic Oil: Smell Like A Salad

So far I have focused on ear infection prevention, but now I want to talk a little more about the treatment that I mentioned at the beginning of my post.

A few year ago, my chiropractor (and some internet research) finally convinced me that antibiotics were not usually the best treatment for an ear infection. But what was I supposed to do instead? My chiropractor suggested Mullein Garlic Oil. All I had to do was put the drops in his ear twice per day until the infection was gone.

I have since used it myself when I felt congested and my ear started hurting. The pain really did go away within 10 minutes. I would normally link to the product that I use, but it seems to be a store brand and isn’t available online. The picture to the left has the list of ingredients so you can track down a similar product.

There You Have It

Now you know the techniques we use to prevent and treat ear infections. I feel that preventing ear infections is one of the most important preparations we can do and think we have a good start on that. If we relied heavily on antibiotics the way we used to, it would be tough if we were in a society where antibiotics were not readily available anymore.

I would love to hear how you treat ear infections naturally. Please leave me a note in the comments section below.

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