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J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2012 Feb;54(2):288-90. doi: 10.1097/MPG.0b013e31823a8a4c.

Stool pattern changes in toddlers consuming a follow-on formula supplemented with polydextrose and galactooligosaccharides.

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  • 1Department of Pediatrics, Fima Lifshitz Research Center, University Hospital Complex Professor Edgard Santos, Federal University of Bahia, Salvador, Brazil.

Abstract

Healthy 9- to 48-month-old children (n = 133) were randomized to receive a cow's-milk-based follow-on formula (control) or the same formula with polydextrose and galactooligosaccharides (PDX/GOS) for 108 days. Pediatricians assessed diarrheal disease, stool pattern, acute respiratory infection, systemic antibiotic use, and growth. The 2 groups had similar weight-for-length/height z score and similar odds of having diarrheal disease, acute respiratory infection, and systemic antibiotic use; however, PDX/GOS had greater odds of increased defecation than control (P ≤ 0.01). Addition of PDX and GOS to a follow-on formula was well tolerated and induced a pattern of more frequent and softer stools in toddlers.

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