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Pediatr Clin North Am. 2017 Dec;64(6):1271-1289. doi: 10.1016/j.pcl.2017.08.006.

Probiotics in Newborns and Children.

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1
Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, University of Florida, PO Box 100296, Gainesville, FL 32610, USA.
2
Department of Pediatrics, University of Florida, 6516 Southwest 93rd Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32608, USA. Electronic address: neuj@peds.ufl.edu.

Abstract

Microbes and humans have been closely associated throughout evolution; this symbiotic and/or commensal relationship is crucial for normal development and health. The use of probiotics has been the topic of intense investigation in the past couple of decades because they have the capability to promote health. Based on these studies, it can be debated whether they are being used to promote overall health or to treat and prevent diseases. This review provides an overview and analysis of evidence about what is currently known about the health benefits of these agents that are marketed for use in children and neonates.

KEYWORDS:

Children; Intestine; Microbiota; Probiotics

PMID:
29173785
DOI:
10.1016/j.pcl.2017.08.006
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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