Probiotics in paediatric gastrointestinal diseases

J Paediatr Child Health. 2007 May;43(5):331-6. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1754.2007.01076.x.


Probiotics have become increasingly popular and are now promoted as having a wide range of benefits. Probiotics are generally very well tolerated and safe but many of the purported uses are not yet well supported with adequate scientific evidence. Two well-established roles for probiotics in children are acute diarrhoeal illness and antibiotic-associated diarrhoea. This review summarises the evidence supporting probiotics for various gastrointestinal disorders with particular reference to their role in the management of acute diarrhoea and antibiotic-associated diarrhoea in children.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases / drug therapy*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Probiotics / therapeutic use*