Study: Probiotic supplementation reduces pediatric doctor visits

NEW YORK — A study published earlier this week in the journal Pediatrics determined that the probiotic Lactobacillus reuteri helped substantially reduce episodes of diarrhea and respiratory tract infections among children in a daycare setting. 

Additionally, the number of doctor visits, antibiotic use, absenteeism from day school and parental absenteeism from work were significantly reduced in the L. reuteri group. 

A cost-benefit analysis revealed significant reductions in costs in the L. reuteri-treated children, researchers noted. No adverse events related to the study product were reported.

 

 

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