Probiotics and antibiotic use

 In Gastrointestinal Tract, Immune System, Infant & Child health

Infants and children who received probiotics to reduce the risk of acute respiratory tract infections, acute lower digestive tract infections or acute otitis media have a 29% lower relative risk of being prescribed antibiotics (RR=0.71, 95%CI 0.54-0.94, P=0.02, 3953 participants, 12 randomised control trials).

The probiotic interventions included Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium strains.

 

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References: King S et al. Does probiotic consumption reduce antibiotic utilization for common acute infections? A systematic review and meta-analysis. Eur J Public Health 2018; doi: 10.1093/eurpub/cky185.