Probiotics may prove ineffective for kids
GIVING probiotics to children with tummy bugs does not improve symptoms of vomiting and diarrhoea.
In a study led by Washington University School of Medicine in the US, and published in The New England Journal of Medicine, nearly 1 000 children aged three months to four years were given the probiotic
GG, to see if it eased gastroenteritis symptoms.
Scientists found the probiotic – thought to restore the balance of intestinal bacteria and boost the immune system – was not effective, adding: “Parents are better off saving their money and buying more fresh fruit and vegetables for their children.”