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I just wanted to comment that I have candida overgrowth most of my life and I am convinced my kids have it (they have few symptoms but not confirmed by tests). They also both had reflux as babies, one more than the other (just because she ate more). They just turned 3 so it’s really tough and I do understand exactly what your frustrations are.
One positive is that I’ve always insisted on lots of vegetables in their diet so I don’t struggle as bad with them on that. One girl doesn’t like to eat much anyway and she does prefer sweet stuff (she’s the one that I think has it worse as she always suffered from stuffy nose and constipation), but I’m not letting her have her way. Luckily the other eats everything and anything. You do have to monitor the bad stuff and sweets, but there is no way you can put them on the diet as is suggested here since there is a lot of stuff they need while developing their little bodies.
Here is what I did, thing that I do think is most important in all this, I put them on home made kefir. I started my treatment so they got curious and I gave them few spoons and realized they want it so now we have it daily. Just introduce it slow, this is a mistake I made as I gave them a cup as soon as I realized that they want it. This caused constipation to get worse, they were irritable for a while and eventually we got over it in few weeks, but it was tough on me and them. By the time I realized what I’ve done it was all over. Home made kefir will offer probiotics which are so necessary in treating candida.
Their bodies are young so I think that their infestation cannot be as bad as ours. Just by eliminating bad stuff from their diet, bad stuff they don’t really need, it should be good for them. I don’t give them chocolate but perhaps once per week. We have a reward program where they get one tiny little m&m and they might have 2-3 of those per day. They do eat cereal for breakfast, but I try to give them the best quality I can find (more whole grain and least amount of sugar). They get one teaspoon of honey daily in nettle leaf tea with lemon (they think it’s a juice ha-ha) and this is good for immunity as well as detox. They only drink water besides this, no juices. Used to juice myself but that had too much sugar (which possible made it worse with candida) so I stopped.
For lunch they get some kind of veggie combination with eggs or meat or fish (whole foods and home cooked nothing processed). For dinner we have some fresh vegetables such as cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers with whole grain bread and butter or plain cream cheese and a cup of kefir. They will get two types of fruit per day, an apple and one other which is in season. I am trying to concentrate more on less sugary fruit and vegetables if I can but cannot do much else.
For snacks they will have nuts which I prepared (soaking/roasting), dried cranberries, whole grain cereal, fresh fruit…
Now, why am I writing you all this is that I did notice huge improvement with my kids with changes I described above. They are not constipated and have more BM’s per day and not as hard as before (had a huge drama with toiled because of it before). They are in better mood, not as irritable etc. The little one that had stuffy nose doesn’t have it nearly as bad as before. I had to clean her nose several times per day and she had trouble sleeping, now she might get stuffy nose once per week or so.
As for reflux, I have no idea if it’s still there, I do think it probably is. I try not to give them to much of liquid and if they do have more tea or water they get hiccups and I wonder if reflux is the culprit. One girl was on medicine for reflux until 6th month and we stopped it due to no availability when we moved oversees and also as she started to sit more and eat more solids it kind of got much better.
I do know my dad has candida and reflux etc so it’s all genetics with us probably as well.
I started freaking out when I realized that my girls perhaps have candida and that I gave it to them, it was really tough on me. Here I do all I can to keep them healthy and I gave them something like candida as a start… Now I am more relaxed about it and just do what I can. Since I do see huge improvement, I do think that I caught it in time. They also see what I eat and they want to eat the same so if you start the diet, they will eat more of the stuff they should with you. Now is the time to teach them how to eat healthy and when they grow up the choice is theirs. Hopefully they make a good choice.
Wishing you best of luck with your treatment and with your kids!