Using probiotics in the paediatric population

Valérie Marchand, Dana L. Boctor, Jeffrey N. Critch, Manjula Gowrishankar, Daniel Roth, Sharon L. Unger, Robin C. Williams, Jatinder J Bhatia, Genevieve Courant, A. George F. Davidson, Tanis Fenton, Jennifer McCrea, Jae Hong Kim, Lynne Underhill

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As more is learned about the importance of the intestinal microbiome to human health there is increasing interest in the potential benefits of probiotics. Probiotics are live micro-organisms which, when consumed in adequate amounts, confer a health effect on the host by altering its microflora. Probiotics have been administered both prophylactically and therapeutically for various conditions. This statement definines the development and role of intestinal microflora, and examines the evidence supporting the use of different probiotics to treat common paediatric conditions, such as diarrhea, atopy, functional intestinal disorders and necrotizing enterocolitis. Recommendations to guide physicians in the judicious use of these products are offered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)575
Number of pages1
JournalPaediatrics and Child Health (Canada)
Issue number10
StatePublished - Dec 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Bifidobacteria
  • Diarrhea
  • Lactobacilli
  • Microflora
  • Probiotics
  • Saccharomyces

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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