Probiotic Supplements Failed to Prevent Babies' Infections

MONDAY, July 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Probiotic supplements may not protect babies from catching colds or stomach bugs in day care, a new clinical trial suggests. Probiotics are bacteria and other microorganisms that dwell in the body, aiding in digestion, immunity and other vital functions. Probiotic supplements provide some of those same organisms. Most often, products contain strains of the bacteria Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health. That's what researchers tested in the new study -- with disappointing results. Among 290 babies in child care, those given probiotics every day for six months were...

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