The Asian Age - - Science+ Health -

Wash­ing­ton, Sept. 15: A re­cent study has high­lighted that the use of pro­bi­otics is di­rectly linked to the re­duced need for an­tibi­otic treat­ment in in­fants and chil­dren.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­search com­piled us­ing re­sults from 12 sim­i­lar stud­ies, in­fants and chil­dren were 29 per cent less likely to have been pre­scribed an­tibi­otics if they re­ceived pro­bi­otics as a daily health sup­ple­ment. When the analysis was re­peated with only the high­est qual­ity stud­ies, this per­cent­age in­creased to 53.

“Given this find­ing, one way to re­duce the use of an­tibi­otics is to use pro­bi­otics on a reg­u­lar ba­sis,” said Daniel Meren­stein, the study's se­nior in­ves­ti­ga­tor.

“We al­ready have ev­i­dence that con­sum­ing pro­bi­otics re­duces the sever­ity of acute res­pi­ra­tory and gas­troin­testi­nal in­fec­tions. The ques­tion is whether that re­duc­tion is solidly linked to de­clin­ing use of an­tibi­otics,” Meren­stein added.

Sarah King, lead au­thor of the study, said, “More stud­ies are needed in all ages, and par­tic­u­larly in the elderly.”

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