Pediatric illness

Ease “Tummy Aches” With Probiotics

Surveys have found that 10-20% of children have been diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Symptoms of abdominal pain, distention, diarrhea and constipation can be very debilitating for the child and distressing for the parents. A study conducted by Dr. Ruggiero Francavilla published in the Journal of Pediatrics in 2011 evaluated the benefits of probiotics …

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Probiotics in the News

I receive daily emails from a number of sources about new developments in medicine, particularly in the areas of gastroenterology and probiotics. There are two interesting articles I would like to briefly discuss this month: Benefits of Lactobacillus probiotic bacteria against gas-producing E. Coli found in colicky infants(1) Probiotics for prevention of antibiotic-associated diarrhea and …

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Probiotics Prevent Colds in Children?

“When given preventively over the winter months, probiotics reduce fever, cough, and runny noses in children, researchers said.” This is very exciting news for parents across the country. Many parents deal with the frustration of sick children during the winter months and the many associated problems including missed school, missed work and restless nights. A …

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