Numerous articles have questioned the effectiveness of probiotics for many of the conditions for which they have been promoted. A recent systematic review (T Newlover-Delgado, et al.
The authors discuss some of the limitations such as variations in definitions, choice of probiotic and dosage, and short-term duration. There is not a discussion of selection bias. It is quite possible that some negative studies were completed which were not published which could further lower or eliminate the potential benefit.
My take: Probiotics may be helpful for children with recurrent abdominal pain; it is certainly not a panacea.
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