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Researchers say Probiotics will not Help the Children suffering from Gastroenteritis

Researchers say Probiotics will not Help the Children suffering from Gastroenteritis
Researchers say Probiotics will not Help the Children suffering from Gastroenteritis

Probiotics- Researchers say it will not help the Children suffering from Stomach Flu or Gastroenteritis

Stomach Flu is caused by the inflammation of the gut (largeintestine) or the digestive tract due to the harmful effect of bacteria, virusor other parasites such as amoeba.  Newresearch findings  have been announced onWednesday states that the probiotics do not help the infants or children whorecover from the Stomach Flu.  The NewEngland Journal of Medicine had published two randomized clinical trials whichharmonize with this conclusion.

Stomach flu triggers vomiting and diarrhea accompanied byfever, due to the infection.  Probioticscannot suppress infection produced in the gut or the digestive tract.  But the multinational Probioticsmanufacturing companies are expanding their business with huge profit with noproven results.  Leading Medical Groupsin the world are making false promises that it would enhance the health of thegut of the children by supplying beneficial bacteria.

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Supporting the findings Phillip Tarr, professor inPaediatrics at Washington University says “Probiotics had no effect on thechildren.”  He advises the parents not tospend their money on probiotics but instead utilize the saved money to buy somefresh fruits or vegetables that might help the children with a balanced diet.

Researchers tested a popular brand of probiotic, sold underthe name Culturelle (which contain the bacterium Lactobacillus rhammnosus) andfound to be non-effective after a 5-day trial. A total of 971 children between 3- month-old to 4-year-old were enlistedin the study.  All those who enrolled inthe study sought emergency room for gastroenteritis (inflammation caused in thelarge intestine) severeness and no cure was noted in any children.   There has been no difference in the durationor severity of the symptoms, when compared to kids given a sugar pill.

Another study carried out in Canada, used a product calledLacidofil Strong, containing Lactobacillus rhamnosus R0011 and L. helveticusR0052.  More than 800 children weresubjected to 5-day trial and found only negligible difference and theresearchers concluded that they were not statistically significant.

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According to Sophia Jan, Chief Pediatrics at CohenChildren’s Medical Center described the duo trials as a landmark and opinesthat they are best quality science that would convince pediatricians thatprobiotics in reality don’t help for the gastroenteritis.

Researchers say Probiotics will not Help the Children suffering from Gastroenteritis

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