Probiotic prescription is often prescribed for children after gastrointitis. In order to restore the bowel flora (or bowel microbyte), the effectiveness of these drugs is not supported by thorough studies. However, two studies were published on 22 November, 2018 in Aberystwyth Journal Journal of Medicine New England – A study conducted in the United States (in 10 hospitals) and another in Canada (in six hospitals) – provides results of analysis of the effects of probiotics Lactobacillus rhamnosus (USA) a Lactobacillus helveticus (Canada). Both these bacteria could contribute to the good health of the microbiot. Nearly 1,800 children from three months to four were included at work. Upon reaching the emergency room for gastroenteritis, they were split into two groups. According to the researchers' explanations in their study, Half of the children were prescribed for five days, while the other half had a placebo of appearance, without the parents knowing which group they belonged to.
Placebo or probiotics? The same result
No difference was made in the days following the probiotic or placebo treatments. "The length of the vomiting, diarrhea, nursery leave and perseverance of symptoms of gastrointitis were similar in both cases," reports both surveys. For Dr. Thomas LaMont is publishing editorial that agrees with publishing the studies, "Do not question probiotic interest in other cases, especially when treating some diarrhea in children and adults. Both of these studies focus exclusively on the specific case of gastroentrolitis, for two bacterial probiotic species. But they show, with a high degree of certainty, what to prescribe Lactobacillus rhamnosus or Lactobacillus helveticus do not help children to recover. "It's important to remember that gastrointitis leads to the death of patients, especially if they are young children, in some countries where the care system is less advanced. This disease remains is a major public health problem.
Watch for dehydration in the baby
In young children, especially in children under two, gastroentitis can have serious consequences. The main risk is dehydration.
Some practical tips in case of gastroentrolitis in children:
- Respect food hygiene to avoid microbial poisoning, especially in the cooling of products and respect of the cold chain for frozen foods.
- Wash your hands regularly: to prevent gastrointitis in children, it is essential to soap your hands before and after each bottle and change. Do not wear the painter or spoon in the mouth.
- Prevent children from drinking the bottle or exchanging knives during an epidemic.
- Breastfeeding: Breast milk is the best food tolerated for the hut.
- Sterilize baby bottle: do not just wash with a brush.
- Avoid crudités and non-mineral water when traveling.