Probiotics in primary care pediatrics

Michael D. Cabana, Andi L. Shane, Cewin Chao, Maria Oliva-Hemker

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Probiotics are live microorganisms that help stabilize and balance intestinal microflora. Although these organisms are ubiquitous and have been used in the production of foods, probiotics have been used more frequently for therapeutic purposes, including the treatment and prevention of pediatric diseases. This article reviews the proposed mechanisms of the beneficial effects of probiotics, potential uses of these organisms in pediatric care, and promising future directions for their application.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)405-410
Number of pages6
JournalClinical Pediatrics
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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