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The Informed Parent

Probiotics – Useful Or Just Costly?

by John H. Samson, M.D., F.A.A.P.
Published on Nov. 07, 2011

Frequently I am asked about the use of probiotics for children with all sorts of intestinal problems, respiratory infections and eczema.  Some studies have shown that the course of infectious diarrhea can be shortened. These substances normalize intestinal flora and inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria.

Unfortunately, there are a large number of products on the market that contain a myriad of organisms in varying concentrations. Until there is a clear statement of which bacteria to use and which strength should be given, we are working in a fog. We are possibly spending precious funds to no good end.

In the near future this will be clearly delineated by the American Academy of Pediatrics and should provide us with another tool to combat bacterial infections in our children.

Health food stores are quick to jump on a band wagon that generates sales. We can’t get caught in this hype. As more studies are published we will keep you up to date.

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