Probiotics: A Clinical Guide

Martin H. Floch, MD; Adam S. Kim, MD

Chapter 11: Use Of Probiotics And Prebiotics In Children (continued)

Jose M. Saavedra, MD, FAAP; Anne M. Dattilo, PhD, RD, CDE

The use of probiotics has arguably had a broader and more profound impact on infants and children than in other populations, and the clinical potential of adding dietary microbes to pregnant women, newborns, infants, and young children is just beginning to be realized. This seemingly major health benefit potential is in part related to the fact that early stages of life offer us a unique opportunity to modify the microbial exposure of an infant. This, in turn, has the effect of modulating host-microbe interaction patterns at a critical stage of a human’s immune development, with…