Taking Probiotics Eases Cold and Flu-like Symptoms in Children

Taking Probiotics Eases Cold and Flu-like Symptoms in Children

(Tuesday, May 18, 2010, Norwich). A recent article in the Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics reported on a study involving 326 children, ages 3 to 5, who participated in a double-blind, placebo-controlled test of the effects of probiotics on cold and flu-like symptoms.

Norwich-based Dr. Robert Wrieden, D.C., follows health and wellness issues closely in professional journals and other publications. “People often think of chiropractors in terms of treating neck and back pain,” said Dr. Wrieden, “but many of my colleagues and I, myself, are involved in all aspects of our patients’ health and well-being, including proper nutrition and illness-preventative measures.”

In this particular study, children in the study group were assigned at random to get one of three planned dosages. One group received just a placebo, or common sugar pill with no therapeutic value. A second group got a single probiotic dosage, and the third group got a combination probiotic dosage.

“The study participants received their allocated dosage twice a day for six months,” Dr. Wrieden related. “They were then analyzed to determine both the incidence of cold and flu-like symptoms during the test period, as well as the duration of such symptoms.”

In comparison to the placebo group, those children who had taken the single-strain probiotic had a 53% reduction in fevers, a 41.4% reduction in coughing, and a 28.2% reduction in rhinorrhea, or runny nose.

“The combination-strain probiotic group fared even better,” said Dr. Wrieden. “The incidence of fevers was reduced by 72.7%, coughing by 62.1%, and rhinorrhea by 58.8%.”

The study also measured the duration of cold and flu-like symptoms in the study group, and, once again, there was a marked improvement for those children using some form of probiotics over the placebo group. The single-strain probiotics usage resulted in a lesser duration of symptoms by 32%; the combination-strain usage caused a 48% reduction in the duration of the symptoms. The study also concluded that children getting some form of probiotics had less need to take antibiotics during the test period and also were absent much less from nursery school or other group child care facilities.

“This is just one study,” explained Dr. Wrieden, and more studies are needed before any absolute conclusions can be drawn.”

Anyone wishing more information may contact Dr. Wrieden, whose office is located at 60 Mitchell Street Norwich, NY 13815 (telephone 607-336-7030).