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How I cured my baby's mystery illness that had baffled doctors with a simple yoghurt drink


A baby with a mysterious condition which causes his stomach to swell has been cured by a probiotic drink, his mother says.

Riley Anderson, who is 11 months, has struggled with the bloating syndrome since birth.

Doctors first noticed the problem when he was just 12 hours old and Riley was taken to a special baby unit.

He was fed by a tube and later transferred to a specialist children's hospital, but no one could work out what was wrong with him.

His mother, Anna Anderson, 35, said: 'They didn't know what it was and sent us home.

'They still don't know what it is. He was bloated and his stomach was nearly as big as his body, it was like a balloon.'

The problem continued for months. Miss Anderson, who has three other children, added: 'He was bloating up and being sick and if he did need to go to the toilet he was constantly screaming.

'I changed his milk to see if that would help, but it didn't, he was still bloated.'

As doctors could not help her, Miss Anderson decided to do some research herself.

When she explored the antibiotics that Riley had been given by doctors, she discovered that one of them kills natural bacteria in the body.

As a last resort, she decided to try and reintroduce this bacteria to her son by feeding him bottles of probiotics.

Yakult yogurt

 Riley's condition was 'cured' after he began drinking Yakult yoghurt drinks

'I gave him Yakult and he was fine within the first couple of days of him having it,' she said.

'He was ten months old, and at his happiest he had been. There was no bloating.'

A few weeks later, Riley had problems with his ears, and was taken to hospital, where he was given more antibiotics.

But after just two doses, his stomach began to swell again.

Once he was home, his mother, from Aby, Lincolnshire, began to dose him with Yakult and he returned to normal.

'I think there is a bacterial imbalance in his stomach which means he can't digest food, and the Yakult helps get that back,' she said.

'When I give him Yakult, it settles his stomach and he is fine.'

Dr Henry Mulenga, a member of the Royal College of Paediatricians, with a special interest in gastroenterology, said: 'We are beginning to hear more and more of these type of stories. In my view it is very possible.

'There is no doubt that some conditions can be improved by introducing healthy bacteria.

'Many parents may feel that is the case. The difficulty we have with very small babies is whether it is entirely safe to do so.'

A spokesman for Yakult said: 'We are delighted that our product has helped in this circumstance.'

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