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Probiotics May Benefit Infants

Filed Under: Baby and Child Health at 2:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

A recent report published in BMC Pediatrics shows that supplementation with a probiotic supplement could help to reduce the incidence of cinnib gastrointestinal problem associated with premature babies. The research examines the positive impact of routine supplementation with the probiotic Lactobacillus Reuteri on a rate of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC). NEC is the most common gastrointestinal cause of death and illness in premature infants, with an average death rate of around 20-30%.

According to the research team, regular probiotic intake can prevent necrotizing enterocolitis in around 12% of high risk premature infants. The study analyzed data from 311 premature infants, born with weight bellow 1000 grams, and supplementation was found to result in a significant reduction with only 2.5% of infants given probiotic suffered NEC, compared to 15.1% of those who did not receive the supplements.

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One Response to “Probiotics May Benefit Infants”

  1. Julie Warren says:

    Is the probiotic treatment being used in NICU’s yet? I haven’t heard of it. I have taken care of premies for years (after they leave the NICU). This is such interesting information. Thanks for posting it. I am going to check out the research. Julie

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