Effect of Lactobacillus reuteri LRE02-Lactobacillus rhamnosus LR04 combination and gastrointestinal functional disorders in an Emergency Department pediatric population

Antonio Chiaretti, Gaia Margiotta, Serena Ferretti, Benedetta Graglia, Antonio Gatto, Lavinia Capossela, Giuseppe Bersani, Antonietta Curatola

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Probiotics are living microorganisms that, when administered per os in adequate amounts, may confer a health benefit on the host by the regularization of an unbalanced gastroenteric microbiota. The objective of this study was to evaluate treatment effectiveness, safety, and palatability of a probiotic’s combination (Lactobacillus reuteri LRE02-DSM 23878 and Lactobacillus rhamnosus LR04-DSM 16605) in a pediatric Emergency Department setting with functional gastrointestinal disorders. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Three groups were enrolled: children with functional abdominal pain; children with gastroenteritis; children with gas colic. Self-reporting sheets were delivered to each patient/parent after probiotics treatment. The primary outcome was to evaluate the evolution of clinical conditions in enrolled children. RESULTS: The outcomes showed a statistical difference among children treated with probiotics and those who did not. In the functional abdominal pain group, 58.2% of patients had a moderate symptoms improvement and 33.5% had a complete disappearance of symptoms, while in the gas colic group, 68.2% of the infants had a moderate improvement and 23.2% had a complete resolution. In the gastroenteritis group, stool consistency and number of evacuations improved in children who took probiotic administration as well. CONCLUSIONS: Probiotics therapy, at the recommended dosage of five drops per day for 15 days, is associated with symptoms improvement. Moreover, the use of probiotics led to a stool consistency’s normalization in a shorter time, evaluated with BSS. A randomized trial is needed to confirm these results.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3097-3104
Number of pages8
JournalEuropean Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
Volume25
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Keywords

  • Children
  • Emergency Department
  • Gastrointestinal functional disorders
  • Probiotics

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