Probiotic Protects Children Against Common Cold

Probiotic Protects Children Against Common Cold

Short and sweet. Two groups of children in daycare environments. One received a fermented milk product twice a day for 3 months. The other received a control drink. 300 children in the fermented milk group. A target probiotic of the Lactobacillus genus was observed for its possible actions in preventing respiratory and gastro-intestinal common infectious diseases.

Of the two groups, controls and fermented milk drinkers, the only significant difference was the fermented dairy drinkers appeared to be resistant to the common cold - rhinopharyngitis.

The authors concluded “Although no other significant differences were shown between the fermented milk and control product groups in this study, lower incidence of rhinopharyngitis may indicate a beneficial effect of this fermented milk product.”

So probiotics and fermented dairy products may be living up to the task of preventing the common cold in children in a daycare setting so all the parents out there.



J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2016 May 10. [Epub ahead of print] Fermented Milk Consumption and Common Infections in Children Attending Day-care Centers. A Randomized Trial.
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