This blog post highlights a second study showing a lack of efficacy of probiotics for acute gastroenteritis. Link to 2 minute Summary: Quick Take on Probiotics for AGE
My take: While some probiotic strains have been shown to be helpful in some conditions (eg. antibiotic associated diarrhea), this study indicates that probiotics are likely ineffective in altering the course of acute gastroenteritis.
SB Freedman et al. N Engl J Med 2018; 379:2015-2026 Link to abstract: Multicenter Trial of a Combination Probiotic for Children with Gastroenteritis
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