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Probiotics Inhibit Pediatric Respiratory Infections

Author: Larissa Long

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

According to a systemic review published in January 2015, supplementation with probiotics can help prevent upper respiratory tract infections (URTIs) in children. Respiratory infections are among the most common infectious diseases. URTIs include rhinitis (the common cold), ear infections, sinusitis, sore throat, tonsillitis and laryngitis.

The researchers selected 14 randomized, controlled studies to review. After analyzing the data, they determined, “Probiotics in immunocompetent children have a modest effect both in diminishing the incidence of URTIs and the severity of the infection symptoms.”

While this may sound insignificant on its face, the researchers went on to say that “even a minimal reduction of five to 10 percent in the incidence of URTIs would have an important clinic and economic impact on societies.”

Ozen M, et al. Expert Opin Biol Ther. 2015 Jan;15(1):9-20.

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