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Probiotics May Benefit Infants

Posted Oct 08 2012 2:00pm

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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