"Good" bacteria such as B. bifidum can help break down food, absorb nutrients, and fight off "bad" organisms that might cause diseases. B. bifidum is commonly found in the feces of breastfed infants and is used in probiotic supplements.
People use B. bifidum for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and respiratory infections. It is also used for eczema, constipation, diarrhea, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support many of these uses. There is also no good evidence to support using B. bifidum for COVID-19.
Don't confuse B. bifidum with other probiotics, or with fermented food products such as fermented milk, kefir, or yogurt. These are not the same.
Uses & Effectiveness
Possibly Effective for
- A long-term disorder of the large intestines that causes stomach pain (irritable bowel syndrome or IBS). Taking B. bifidum by mouth seems to help relieve symptoms of IBS.
- Infection of the airways. Taking B. bifidum by mouth might help prevent airway infections such as the common cold in otherwise healthy people.
Special Precautions and Warnings
Pregnancy: B. bifidum is possibly safe when taken by mouth for 6 weeks during pregnancy.
Breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if B. bifidum is safe to use when breastfeeding. But there's no reason to expect safety concerns when used appropriately under medical supervision.
Children: B. bifidum is likely safe for most children when taken by mouth for up to 18 months. However, there isn't enough reliable information to know if B. bifidum is safe for very small premature infants.
Weakened immune system: Some probiotics have caused blood infections in a small number of people with weakened immune systems. If you have a weakened immune system, talk with your healthcare provider before taking B. bifidum.
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