‘ USE PRIOBIOTICS TO COUNTER ANTIBIOTICS’
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.”