“Dysbiosis” is an imbalance in the natural flora of the digestive tract. Bacteria in the gut have the potential to overgrow, which creates inflammation, decreases nutrient absorption and, in the case of children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, impairs development.
The natural balance of good flora (or probiotics) in the digestive tract is essential to regulate immune function. A lack of good bacteria or an overgrowth of unhealthy microbes can cause major problems for kids with developmental disorders.
Bacteria live in the intestinal tract, sharing space with yeast. Antibiotic use makes creates the opportunity for yeast overgrowth. Antibiotics kill both good and bad bacteria, but not yeast. Kids that have been on antibiotics many times without re-populating the digestive tract with good bacteria will undoubtedly have issues with yeast overgrowth. Many kids are born with dysbiosis because of C-section birth, IV antibiotics during birth, and/or formula feeding – all of which contribute to yeast overgrowth.
Yeast lives and feeds on sugar. Limiting high sugar (or foods that turn into sugar in the gut) is the first and most important step.
Signs of Yeast Issues—
- Brain fog
- Chewing (on everything and anything)
- Climbing all the time
- Craving for bread, pasta and sweets
- Giddy super-silly behaviors
- Hands over ears
- Hanging upside down all the time
- Laughing for no reason (in the middle of the night or spontaneously during the day)
- Loss of energy
- Seeming “out of it”
- Standing on head
- Teeth grinding
- Abdominal bloating
- Change in smell of stool (yeasty, bready, foul or sweet)
- Funky-smelling scalp (“wet dog” smell)
- Increase in flatulence
- Itching (perianal, genital and/or generalized)
- Redness (around the anus or vagina)