Probiotics – What’s all the hype?

July 20, 2017
Probiotics – What’s all the hype?

While the science is not conclusive, some research suggests that kids benefit from taking probiotics while on a course of antibiotics.

Here are some good tips to know:

  • Probiotics are bacteria that are typically found in the intestines and are thought to help the intestines function well.

  • There is recent data that taking probiotics can decrease the likelihood and severity of diarrhea caused by taking antibiotics because antibiotics can kill the “helpful bacteria” in your intestines in addition to the harmful bacteria that may be causing an illness.

  • Antibiotic associated diarrhea (AAD) is extremely common, especially for children.

  • There is the most research on Saccharomyces boulardii lyo and Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG, two common probiotics found in over the counter supplements.

  • Although many food products now claim to contain probiotics, it’s hard to tell how much your child is actually getting.

  • Probiotics can also be helpful for use in children with yeast infections.

  • As always, your child’s pediatrician should be consulted for any and all questions related to antibiotic use and probiotics.

For more information on probiotic use, visit the American Academy of Pediatrics and read about some common parenting questions about probiotic use in Parents Magazine