Back when my son was a toddler, I was thrilled that he loved yogurt! I had heard how great it was for one’s belly with all those good bugs in it! After he graduated from the baby yogurt, product marketing kicked in and he became obsessed with a little cartoon character with black hair who teaches kids Spanish, and obviously does a great job of selling yogurt, too (much like the Star Wars Character on the product below)! Low and behold when my daughter was born and was crying nearly 20 hours some days, I ended up at a seminar given by Texas Children’s Hospital Gastroenterologist, Dr. Bryan Vartabedian, about probiotics. Now if you know nothing about probiotics (like me, before that seminar) then the cliff notes version is this: they are the GOOD BUGS found in yogurt. What I learned from Dr. V that day (in addition to the fact that I needed to RUN out and read his book called, Colic Solved, to help my screaming infant) was that the SUGAR content in many commercial yogurt can GREATLY out weigh the health benefits of the good bugs… especially if your child has diarrhea. He used an example that a child would have to drink 20 small cups of a commercial kids yogurt drinks to get enough of the live “good bug” counts necessary to bolster gut healing…and then they would lo and behold have worse GI symptoms due to ALL THAT SUGAR!
So long story short…. we ditched the artificial colors, flavors and tried to reduce the sugar by switching to an Organic brand (while also reducing our exposure to rBGH). My next baby food step is to get everyone onto greek yogurt with even LESS SUGAR than this…but one step at a time (to avoid a revolt!)
Lady A is completely dairy, milk, lactose, casein FREE and while yogurt may be low in SALICYLATES it still contains other ingredients (milk) that agitate her. Therefore, she does not eat yogurt and we really have not tried any alternatives for her at the moment, because, to date her reaction to milk has been one of the most severe (trying to bang her head on any hard surface, including the tile floor, for 5 days, until it got out of her system). We may try again one day, but for now she’s getting her “good bugs” mixed in with her pears and banana puree, and her belly is happy about that!