Probiotics for Children With Recurrent Abdominal Pain

JAMA Pediatr. 2019 Feb 1;173(2):183-184. doi: 10.1001/jamapediatrics.2018.4575.


Clinical question: Do dietary interventions, such as probiotics, improve pain in children with recurrent abdominal pain?

Clinical application: Compared with placebo, children who were treated with probiotic preparations were more likely to experience improvement in pain in the short term (odds ratio, 1.63; 95% CI, 1.07-2.47), suggesting that clinicians could consider probiotics as part of a holistic management strategy in recurrent abdominal pain.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Abdominal Pain / therapy*
  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Humans
  • Probiotics / therapeutic use*
  • Recurrence
  • Treatment Outcome