Among 336 children who attended day care centers in Mexico City, those who received a daily dose of Lactobacillus reuteri had fewer episodes of diarrhea and respiratory tract infections than did those who were not given the probiotic supplements, a study showed. The supplement group took antibiotics for an average of 2.7 days, compared with 4.1 days among the placebo group. The findings appear in the journal Pediatrics. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/Well blog
I have used this probiotic in my practice for children with constipation. It helps with constipation and diarrhea by reestablishing the normal intestinal flora. My patients with colic infants also use this with success. It sells in the stores under the name of GERBER SOOTHE>
Probiotics are healthy bacteria and yeast that live in our gut where 70% of our immune system is located.
They help us digest food, fend off illness, and need to remain in balance to help us do these functions.
Stress, lack of sleep, unhealthy eating, infections, antibiotics, and certain drugs, can trigger digestive problems and illness. That’s where probiotics come in.
Probiotics keep the bacteria in check, restore balance, and promote health.
That’s why many doctors suggest taking probiotics while on antibiotics.
Probiotics may help reduce cold and flu symptoms.
Probiotics may also reduce the risk of allergy and eczema in children up to two years of age in mothers who took them late in pregnancy.
Certain strains of probiotics may help reduce symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome and ease colic in infants.
Probiotics and Prebiotics ( the carbohydrates that stimulate the growth of healthy bacteria) boost immunity in babies and are added to infant formulas.
Look for live yogurt cultures or formulas that contain lactobacillus or acidophilus and bifido bacteria.
Sauerkraut contains the probiotics leuconostoc, pediococcus, and lactobacillus. Choose unpasteurized sauerkraut because pasteurization (used to treat most supermarket sauerkraut) kills the helpful bacteria. Sauerkraut — and the similar but spicy Korean dish kimchi — is also loaded with vitamins that may help ward off infection.
While probiotic-foods contain live bacteria, prebiotic foods feed the good bacteria already living in your digestive system. You can find prebiotics in foods such as asparagus, Jerusalem artichokes, bananas, oatmeal, red wine, honey, maple syrup, and legumes. Consider eating prebiotic foods on their own or with probiotic foods to perhaps give the probiotics a boost.