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Category: Pro and prebiotics
Forum Name: Pro and prebiotics
Forum Description: Discussion about prebiotics and probiotic cultures
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Topic: Probiotics/infants
Posted By: Guests
Subject: Probiotics/infants
Date Posted: 22 Mar 2010 at 11:28pm
I found the probiotics article useful but concerning. My oldest boy, 2, has skin problems. I am thinking of feeding yogurt to my youngest- 6 weeks! Your article suggests caution. Are there brands I should not buy? Any advice appreciated

Thanks L

Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 22 Mar 2010 at 11:29pm
This is an interesting question and one that I can not answer in full.
Probiotic microorganisms have the potential to contribute positively to human health and recent work has suggested particular benefits that may be available to the elderly, children and women in particular. Nevertheless that are some risks particularly for particular groups including young children e.g. while there is evidence that particular probiotic microorganisms have the potential to reduce allergy problems in children contrary evidence from the use of other strains is also available.
The article on the site provides some advice on probiotics and young children e.g. it may be advisable to avoid giving babies probiotics that produce D-lactic acid. More recently there has been a report that a particular stain of Lactobacillus casei increases the concentration of lymphocytes in the lungs of female mice and eosinophils in the lungs of male mice. If this occurs in humans it would result in allergy symptoms being exacerbated. However this was one report and the work was not done with humans. I will update the article on probiotics to bring this area up to date and include more information on safety.Finally I would recommend that you discuss matters like this with your GP or paediatrician.

Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 22 Mar 2010 at 11:29pm
Thank you. Would you be so kind as to give me a few references pl? Have you considered providing a reference list?

Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 22 Mar 2010 at 11:29pm
Laura there are quite a few references on this site! I suspect you want references to problems? If I have time I will post a few re skin problems/allergy but I will try to do this in a balanced way. In the meantime consider Google Scholar for published refereed work. Regarding the reference list, possibly over the next few months.

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