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Pro­bi­otics don’t ease tummy flu

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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 U.S. and pub­lished in The New Eng­land Jour­nal of Medicine, nearly 1,000 chil­dren aged three months to four years were given the pro­bi­otic Lac­to­bacil­lus rham­no­sus 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.’

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