We've talked about probiotics here before - for mama health - but now new research shows that some preemies may...
We've talked about probiotics here before - for mama health - but now new research shows that some preemies may also benefit from probiotics. As Consumer Reports notes, one serious issue for premature babies is, "An infection affecting the digestive system, called necrotizing enterocolitis." This condition affects about 7 in 100 preemies. Doctors think preemies are more vulnerable than full term babies because preemies don’t have enough healthy bacteria in their intestines. It's this healthy bacteria that helps to prevent colonization by other, more dangerous bacteria. As you've likely heard, probiotics contain this healthy bacteria so it would make sense to give probiotics to premature babies and a new study about probiotics seconds this theory. In trials, giving probiotics to preemies appears to reduce the risk of premature babies developing necrotizing enterocolitis by about 35%. On the flip side - other researchers warn that more research is needed before we just go nuts and give probiotics to all preemies. How this affects you: If you have a preemie it's safe to discuss probiotics with your baby's doctor, but keep in mind that research on this is new and it's always smart to look at all your options. One size treatments are not right for babies. Get the whole scoop on probiotics and preemies at Consumer Reports.

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