This is the continuation on my study of one. Please note that these are purely my own observations based on my son. Nothing can be concluded, however it might be worth while offering probiotics to a child with a fussy appetite.
Gavin has been on Probiotics for about a month and since we started him on it, we have noticed an improvement in his appetite (although I felt there wasn’t much effect on the variety of food that he would eat). When we went down to Singapore, I decided to stop feeding him the Probiotics for three days purely because I didn’t think it would be convenient to sneak it into his food.
Although it could very likely be circumstantial, for instance, the change in environment, food that didn’t agree with him, change in schedule, etc., but Gavin’s appetite was certainly “fussier” while we were in Singapore. He seemed to reject even the “sure bet” foods that he normally likes to eat, like duck, peanut butter sandwiches, cod fish – so I’m starting to wonder if perhaps his appetite is not quite as fussy when he’s on Probiotics.
To test this theory for certain, we will have to stop feeding him Probiotics while in his usual environment and observe the effect on his appetite (I’ll tell you how that goes when we get around to it). We put him back on Probiotics the day after he got back from Singapore and his appetite appears to have returned to normal.
Recently, Gavin was sick. He had a fever that went up to 39.4 degrees celcius, which we managed with two paracetamol suppositories. The fever was over within 24 hours so it could possibly have been due to teething. Unlike previous times when he was sick, he did continue to eat, albeit with a marked decrease appetite. Would he have eaten at all if we had not fed him the Probiotics? Maybe, maybe not – who knows.
Our experience so far has been pretty positive and if my second child is as fussy with food, I would also feed him/her Probiotics. So far, most of the articles I have read are pretty positive about Probiotics in children and I have yet to see any negative articles. That said, Medscape still recommends careful consideration when planning Probiotic therapy in children. In other words, please speak to your child’s paediatrician and get his or her recommendations.