Updated 24 November 2014

Table of benefits of probiotics

Take a look at this list of suggested beneficial effects of probiotics in infants and children.


Suggested beneficial effects of probiotics in infants and children include: 

Infectious diarrhoeaConfirmed
Antibiotic-associated diarrhoeaConfirmed preventative effect
Unconfirmed therapeutic effect
Lactose intoleranceConfirmed effect
Inflammatory bowel diseasePossible effect
AllergyPossible preventative effect
Possible therapeutic effect

Certain probiotic Lactobacilli are clinically documented and the safety of these strains have been verified, even in infants.

They represent an interesting potential for the prevention and treatment of immunologically mediated disorders such as allergy and autoimmunity. This is in addition to the already elucidated benefits, which include prevention and treatment of infectious diarrhoea, antibiotic-associated diarrhoea and lactose intolerance.

Prof. Bengt Björkstén MD, PhD
Prof.em. of Paediatrics and Allergy prevention
Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden


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