New findings suggest that administering probiotics early in the course of diarrhea can reduce duration and prevent antibiotic-associated diarrhea in children.
There is some evidence that administering probiotics early in the course of diarrhea from acute viral gastroenteritis can reduce its duration by one day in otherwise healthy children and infants, according to findings from a report published in Pediatrics.
In the report, Dan W. Thomas, MD, and Frank R. Greer, MD, of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Nutrition review the health benefits of probiotic and prebiotic products, including those added to commercially available infant formula and other food products for use in children.
Probiotics—which are supplements or foods that contain viable microorganisms that cause alterations of the microflora of the host—have been found to be modestly effective in preventing antibiotic-associated diarrhea in healthy children, though there is no evidence probiotics are effective at treating this type of diarrhea.
Key findings from the study are as follows:
To read the report—Probiotics and Prebiotics in Pediatrics—click here.