Guide to Alternative Medicine and the Digestive System

Anil Minocha, MD FACP FACG

Chapter 47: Role of Probiotics in Diarrhea (continued)

KEY POINTS Probiotics are effective for the primary and secondary prevention of acute gastroenteritis in children. Taken along with hydration therapy, probiotics reduce stool frequency and the duration of diarrhea in children. Probiotics reduce the risk of traveler’s diarrhea, as well as chemoradiation-induced diarrhea. PREVENTING ACUTE DIARRHEA Preventing Necrotizing Enterocolitis A Cochrane database review concluded that enteral supplementation of probiotics reduces the risk of severe necrotizing enterocolitis and mortality in preterm infants.