Lactobacillus and Abdominal Pain

March 8, 2018 by: Pediatrics for Parents staff Article Tags: ,

The Question: Does the use of Lactobacillus reuteri lessen functional abdominal pain in children?

The Study: Functional abdominal pain is abdominal pain with no detectable cause. In this study, 101 children aged six to fifteen years old were divided into two groups. Forty-six received L. reuteri and the remainder received a placebo. During the eight weeks of the study, a daily questionnaire was completed on symptoms.

The Results: The treatment group reported less feelings of abdominal distention and bloating. School attendance and other gastrointestinal symptoms were similar in both groups.

Comment: This study supported previous studies showing the effectiveness of L. reuteri in treating abdominal pain in children. However, it should not be started until other potential causes are eliminated.

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