Fast Five Quiz: Probiotics Facts vs Fiction

Mary L. Windle, PharmD


March 03, 2021

Recommendations from the AGA include:

  • In preterm (< 37 weeks' gestational age), low-birth-weight infants, the AGA recommends a combination of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium species, Bifidobacterium animalis subspecies lactis, Lactobacillus reuteri, or Lactobacillus rhamnosus for the prevention of necrotizing enterocolitis.

  • The AGA recommends against the use of probiotics in children with acute infectious gastroenteritis.

  • In adults and children with ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease, the AGA recommends the use of probiotics only in the context of a clinical trial.

  • In adults and children with pouchitis, the AGA recommends the eight-strain combination of Lactobacillus paracasei subspecies paracasei, Lactobacillus plantarum, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus delbrueckii subspecies bulgaricus, Bifidobacterium longum subspecies longum, Bifidobacterium breve, Bifidobacterium longum subspecies infantis, and Streptococcus salivarius subspecies thermophilus over no or other probiotics.

Read more about necrotizing enterocolitis.


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