So about 6 or 7 weeks ago I posted a picture of a box of Alflorex PrecisionBiotics with a description saying that my child has lived on movicol for years with very little improvement, and saying that I was going to give this a go to see if it helps.
I really was blown away by the amount of comments. The post reached over 26,000 people and there were hundreds of comments from parents saying they have the exact same problem. It actually made me feel better in a way knowing that so many kids are having the same problems and it’s not just my son! It made me feel like it wasn’t something I’d done somehow. Here’s a link to the post if you want to have a look –
Like I said in the post, my son has been on movicol for years – maybe since he was 4 (He’s 8 now) – and has consistently had tummy troubles. I hate to talk about my poor child’s bowel movements on my blog but to put it bluntly, he would get constipation, become impacted, and ooze out a foul smelling pasty poo. (Sorry son!) It got to the point where he seemed to loose control of his ability to feel anything coming and it would ooze out without him even knowing. The smell was always overwhelming.
We did lots of GP visits and it was generally described to me as a ‘lazy bowel’. A problem that apparently a lot of kids have and something that they generally grow out of as they get older and their systems develop more.
About 2 years ago I was at the end of my rope with it and asked desperately if it could possibly be anything else. The GP decided to get him checked for Coeliac to see if it was an issue with gluten. The only other symptoms of Coeliac that he had was that he is under weight and under height for his age. If your child is under their weight and height it’s definitely something to consider. So we went to Temple Street and he had bloods taken. Thankfully that came back negative. I think he just has his Mammy’s short arse genes!
My son has never really been in any discomfort with his problems which always confused me aswel. There’s no pain (thankfully). He just basically has troubles with his poo and always had a bloated looking tummy.
Anyway, around 6 or 7 weeks ago we decided to give Alflorex a go. I’d heard about it before and contacted them and they kindly sent me out 3 months worth of samples to try out.
Alflorex is basically a good bacterial culture and developed as a targeted strain, which means it gets into your system and works where it needs to work. There’s a lot of science to it and I’d find it extremely hard to explain it so instead I’ll leave a link to their ‘About’ section here.
It takes about 4 weeks for the biotic to prime the gut and really work. The ones we’re using are pre-filled straws that you simply use with a glass of water. The oil droplet is suspended in the straw and they simply suck on the straw with a drink to get it. They come in boxes of 30 and are priced at €32.95 on their website. They’re suitable for ages 3 and over.
I’m not lying, it’s working for my son!
Without a shadow of a doubt there’s been a huge improvement.
- His tummy doesn’t look bloated anymore
- He doesn’t look sluggish and tired
- His bowel movements are more regular
- He’s not having accidents half as much
- His bowel movements are not pasty or foul smelling
Now the problem is not magically fixed completely just to be clear! It may never be, I have absolutely no idea.. but without a doubt this has helped hugely.
I’m under no obligation to write this post or to say anything positive about this product by the way. I got samples and I said I’d see what they were like. I’m personally over the moon with the progress and I’ll definitely be continuing to use it indefinitely. I still give him one movicol a day aswel as the Alflorex for the time being. Like the chemist said to me, the Movicol is really just extra fibre so even if he still has to stay on that throughout his childhood it’s not the end of the world. I can’t vouch for anyone else or if you’ll find it as good but definitely for us, it’s a winner!
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Note: I was sent out 3 packs of 30 pre-filled straws from Alflorex. All views are my own.