Probiotics in Newborns and Children

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


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.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Intestinal Diseases / drug therapy*
  • Intestines / microbiology*
  • Microbiota
  • Probiotics*