Can probiotics help keep my children healthy this winter?

There is some evidence that probiotics, which are helpful or friendly bacteria, may help keep kids healthy in winter by preventing colds or reducing their severity, but more study is needed to support this idea and the safety of long-term use.

Meanwhile, researchers have found other probiotic benefits for healthy kids. For instance, some studies have shown that probiotic supplements may shorten a bout of mild to moderate infectious diarrhea.

More research in children is needed before pediatricians start recommending a daily dose of probiotics. For one thing, doctors are not yet certain what is the safest and most effective type to give to children.
Dr. Robin Miller, MD
Internal Medicine

Recent studies have shown that when probiotics are given to children twice daily, they had 59% fewer runny noses, 62% fewer coughing episodes and 72% fewer fevers. Watch this video to learn more from Dr. Robin Miller about probiotics.

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Dietary Supplements

Whether you're visiting the drug store, grocery or natural food shop you'll likely find an aisle where there are jars and bottles of things for you to put in your body that are neither foods nor medicines. Ranging from vitamins an...

d minerals to fiber and herbal remedies, these supplements are not regulated in the same way as either food or medicine. Some of them are backed by solid research, others are folk remedies or proprietary cures. If your diet does not include enough of certain vitamins or minerals, a supplement may be a good idea. Natural treatment for conditions like constipation may be effective. But because these substances are unregulated, it is always a good idea to educate yourself about the products and to use common sense when taking them. This is even more true if you are pregnant or taking a medicine that may be affected by supplements.

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