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When Can Probiotics Help?

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

People with IBS may have diarrhea, constipation, or both. Bifidobacterium infantis, Bifidobacterium lactis, Lactobacillus plantarum, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Saccharomyces boulardii, or combination probiotics may help regulate bowel movements and ease bloating.

Necrotizing Enterocolitis

Premature babies are at risk for this serious disease. Tissue in the intestines is hurt and starts to die off. The intestines get inflamed and a hole can form. Recent studies show that using Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG with the supplement bovine lactoferrin can help keep it under control. Bifidobacterium infantis combined with Lactobacillus acidophilus may also help stave off this problem in sick newborns.

Other Possible Probiotic Uses

Researchers have found other ways these good bacteria might keep people healthy. Probiotics may also be useful with these conditions: 

  • Children's colds
  • Urinary tract and vaginal health
  • Allergies and asthma
  • Lactose intolerance
  • Childhood stomach and respiratory infections
  • Sleeping problems
  • Mouth health
  • Joint stiffness
  • Traveler's diarrhea
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Reviewed on December 24, 2014

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