Toddlers and children attending nurseries and daycare centres





Every parent knows that repeated and frequent infections are a major problem faced by young children once they attend play schools, nurseries or daycare centres. Besides the physical suffering, repeated infections in babies and young children can interfere with their growth and development. Recurrent infections in school-going children cause them to miss school, affecting learning and education. Repeated infections in children also place a burden on the family’s finances and disrupt family life.

Doctors and parents are constantly looking for strategies which can stimulate children’s immune system and reduce the frequency and number of infections.

One such strategy employed by doctors is to use  LACTOGG®.

A clinical trial involving 571 children aged 1 to 6 years old revealed that taking GG probiotic regularly prevented infections in young children who attended daycare centres by about 20%.

When those children who were taking this probiotic fell ill, the infections tended to be milder and the children needed less antibiotic treatment.

The infections prevented were not only diarrhoeal diseases but also throat and ear infections.


Lactobacillus GG reduces infections in children. [Hatakka et al. 2001]

In another clinical study, children in daycare centres were either given milk containing Lactobacillus GG or just plain milk every day for 3 months.

It was found that the children who had GG probiotic in their milk reduced their chance of acquiring infections of the ear, nose and throat by nearly 50%.


Lactobacillus GG reduces infections in children. [Hojsak et al. 2010]


The research doctors recommended the following:

....considering the significant decrease in the number of upper respiratory tract infections in children treated with L.GG [Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG (ATCC 53103)], ... we can recommend treatment with L.GG as a valid measure for the prevention of upper respiratory tract infections in children who attend day care centers.



References:

Hao Q et al. Probiotics for preventing acute upper respiratory tract infections.Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2011 Sep 7;(9):CD006895.

Hatakka K et al. Effect on long term consumption of probiotic milk on infections in children attending day care centres: double blind, randomised trial. BMJ 2001;322:1327-1329

Hojsak I et al. Lactobacillus GG in the prevention of gastrointestinal and respiratory tract infections in children who attend day care centers: A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Clin Nutr 2010;29(3):312-316.

Korpela K et al. Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG intake modifies preschool children's intestinal microbiota, alleviates penicillin-associated changes, and reduces antibiotic use. PLoS ONE 2016;11(4):e0154012

Lui S et al.Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG Supplementation for Preventing Respiratory Infections in Children: A Meta-analysis of Randomized, Placebo-controlled Trials.Indian Pediatr 2013;50(4):377-81







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