Probiotics for treatment of acute diarrhea in children: randomised clinical trial of five different preparations

The continued high use of inappropriate antibiotics in children doesn’t seem to show any hint of waning. Some may look at this overuse of antibiotics in the short term and note that there is no harm in prescribing the antibiotics. I would suggest that “no harm” is the farthest thing from the truth. We are continually seeing probiotics being used therapeutically for the prevention and / or treatment of any number of problems.

In this study, we see their use in children with acute diarrhea cutting down the number of hours of diarrhea from 115 to 70. That’s almost 2 days less. However, if you read down to the conclusions of the authors, please refrain from laughing at the comment that “pediatricians should choose bacterial preparations based on effectiveness data.” Heck, first they’ve have to actually admit that probiotics are effective before they’d even be concerned with more specific questions!

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James Bogash

For more than a decade, Dr. Bogash has stayed current with the medical literature as it relates to physiology, disease prevention and disease management. He uses his knowledge to educate patients, the community and cyberspace on the best way to avoid and / or manage chronic diseases using lifestyle and targeted supplementation.