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Diarrhea: Protobiotics Effective


Administration of adequate amounts of Lactobacillus is a safe and effective treatment for acute infectious diarrhea in children. Whether the diarrhea is caused by rotavirus, other viruses, or bacteria, duration of illness can be reduced by two-thirds of a day, and one to two fewer stools occur on the second day of therapy.


Van Niel CW et al. Lactobacillus therapy for acute infectious diarrhea in children: a meta-analysis. Pediatrics. 2002;109:678–84.