Probiotics: Cold Buster for Kids?

By Justmommies

Probiotics continue to get positive props -- this time in relation to being a cold buster for children.

Reuters reported on the new study done in China, which involved 326 children, some of which were given probiotics in the forms of Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium animalis with their milk.

The results after 6 months and twice a day servings? According to the report, the children who consumed Lactobacillus acidophilus had 53% fewer fevers, 41% fewer coughs and 28% less runny noses than a group given a placebo.

As for the Bifidobacterium animalis -- those kids fared even better -- with 72% fewer fevers, 62% less coughs and 59% less runny noses.

Additionally, the children that did get sick while taking probiotics recovered at a faster rate than those who did not take them.

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By moon~maiden on 08/21/09 at 2:46 pm

probiotics are amazing!

By Twinkle on 08/18/09 at 5:18 am

What a great study. I always try to remember to give my girls acidophilus, especially during the cold/flu season.

By Rachel on 08/17/09 at 8:21 pm

Interesting.

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