Lactobacillus Safe, Effective For Infectious Diarrhoea In Children

04/08/2002
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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