Thursday, July 03, 2014

Sacchromyces boulardii for diarrhea

The probiotic Saccharomyces boulardii may be used safely to relieve acute diarrhea in children, according to a recent report in Pediatrics.

Fluid and electrolyte replacement is the treatment of choice for dehydration caused by diarrhea, but S. boulardii has also been shown in numerous trials to be effective in the management of diarrhea.

The daily dose of S. boulardii for most of the trials was 1 to 10 billion colony-forming units, and the duration of treatment ranged from 5 to 10 days.

The use of S. boulardii was associated with a 19.7-hour shorter duration of diarrhea.

Steve: Clients familiar with our recommendations will not be surprised by this finding.

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