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Monday, November 2, 2009

This randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial investigated whether consumption of probiotics affected cold and influenza-like symptom incidence and duration in healthy children during winter. 326 children ages 3-5 were studied. They were given either a placebo, lactobacillus acidophilus, or L. acidophilus and Bifidobacterium animalis twice daily for 6 months.

Results show fever, coughing, rhinorrhea, antibiotic use and absence from daycare or school were all significantly reduced compared to placebo. Source: Pediatrics 2009; 124:e172-9.

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Probiotic for cold and influenze-like symptoms in Children

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