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Probiotics Benefit Children

A leading medical group says there's evidence that probiotics (beneficial bacteria) may have benefits for certain illnesses in children.

A new report summarizes findings from a number of high-quality scientific studies. It found that probiotics taken early during diarrhea from a viral infection may shorten the illness, and that probiotics also may prevent diarrhea in children who are taking antibiotics.

According to the Washington Post:

“Future research may find more benefits, the report says. And ‘prebiotics,’ which contain fiber and other nutrients that feed probiotic bacteria, also may someday prove helpful.”

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