Tip 88: probiotics

Probiotics may prevent NEC by promoting colonisation of the gut with beneficial organisms, preventing colonisation by pathogens, improving the maturity and function of gut mucosal barrier, and modulating the immune system to the advantage of the host.

Reference: Deshpande, G., Rao, S., Patole, S., & Bulsara, M. (2010). Updated meta-analysis of probiotics for preventing necrotizing enterocolitis in preterm neonates. Pediatrics125(5), 921-930.

See subsequent tips for more on probiotics.

Previously published: 17/04/14, 25/03/15

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