If you have a young child, you’ve probably had to cope with bouts of diarrhea. Recently, there have been several studies done concerning probiotics and young children. The latest of these studies has shown a specific strain of probiotic bacteria may reduce the frequency and duration of diarrhea in children.
In Bari, an eastern coastline city in Southern Italy, scientists recruited 74 children between the ages of 6 – 36 months to study the effects of probiotics and rehydration therapy. Compared to the placebo group, the children given the probiotic supplement experienced significant recovery time. When give the probiotic/placebo on days 2 and 3 of diarrhea, children taking the probiotic had the illness an average of 2.1 days as opposed to 3.3 days of the placebo group.
In addition, the relapse of dehydration and diarrhea were only 15% in the group taking the probiotic where the placebo group had 42% relapse.
So what is the specific probiotic strain given to the children? It’s called Lactobacillus reuteri DSM 17938. In past clinical trials, the parents strain of this DSM 17938 also reduced the time participants had diarrhea. However, with the previous strain, they also were shown to have antibiotic resistance problems. That result prompted the study the of this new DSM 17938 strain which is believed not to have the same resistance issue.
For more in-depth explanation of the studies, please visit: Nutra-Ingredients USA.com
NOTE: Contact your pediatrician or family physician before giving your child probiotic supplements.
Go with your gut,