Lactobacillus Safe, Effective For Infectious Diarrhoea In Children

By Elda Hauschildt

Lactobacillus therapy appears to be safe and effective in reducing the duration and frequency of infectious diarrhoea in children by as much as two-thirds of a day.

"We also found that Lactobacillus therapy benefited not only cases with documented rotavirus diarrhoea, but also cases of infectious diarrhoea caused by a variety of pathogens, as would be found in ambulatory clinical settings," United States investigators say. Lactobacillus is found in normal human intestinal and perineal flora and its anti-diarrhoeal use in children has been researched since the 1960s.

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