Preterm babies do better with probiotics, study finds

07/2/2008 | Medscape (free registration)

Italian researchers say preemies given the probiotic Lactobacillus reuteri ATCC 55730 for 30 days had better feeding tolerance, bowel habits and gastrointestinal motility than babies who were just bottle-fed. The study shows babies given the probiotic cried less, had fewer incidents of regurgitation, more stools and faster gastric emptying. The researchers say giving preterm newborns probiotics should be routine procedure.

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