Tag Archives: Probiotics

Probiotics prevent NEC in rats too!

Mark Underwood has been very active in the investigations of probiotics and their effects on the neonatal bowel. His new publication is a fascinating exploration of what happens in a rat model of NEC when they receive bifidobacterium infantis, also … Continue reading

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Probiotics: so what about those ELBW babies?

After a comment to my previous post about probiotics, I wanted to clarify what I said about the ELBW baby, that is, the newborn with a birth weight below 1001 grams. It is true that there are few studies that … Continue reading

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The Time for a Confirmative Necrotizing Enterocolitis Probiotics Prevention Trial in the Extremely Low Birth Weight Infant in North America Is Well Past

What on earth are these people waiting for? A number of authors from Toronto and elsewhere have written a ridiculous editorial (entitled ‘The Time for a Confirmative Necrotizing Enterocolitis Probiotics Prevention Trial in the Extremely Low Birth Weight Infant in … Continue reading

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Probiotics work in Germany also

A new study from the German Neonatal Network Database compares the incidence of NEC between centers that used probiotics, centers that did not use probiotics, and centers that changed their practice part way through the data collection period from being … Continue reading

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Probiotics in preterm infants: not just for NEC prevention any more

A new RCT in more mature preterm infants 32 to 37 weeks compared the incidence of viral respiratory infections during the first year of life between infants who received prebiotics (galacto-oligosaccharide and polydextrose) probiotics (lactobacillus rhamnosus) or placebo between the … Continue reading

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Probiotics: what do parents want?

Some day, I might slow down with the probiotics posts, but not right now! A letter published in Archives reports the results of a parent survey. In the 3 NICUs implicated probiotics are given with parental information and an ‘opt-out’ … Continue reading

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Bugs and Breast Milk

Neonatology recently published a commentary asking the following question about routine probiotic supplementation, ‘what will it take to change practice?‘ This was immediately followed by another commentary, from Neena Modi, explaining why she is still reluctant. Although I have a … Continue reading

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