Probiotics Prevent Coughs in Infants

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Kids get colds.  It’s just part of life, but it’s best to keep babies from experiencing their first cough or cold for as long as possible.

New research out of Finland shows that babies under eight months are a third less likely to develop respiratory illnesses if they are given daily probiotic supplements.

In the study published in the British Journal of Nutrition, 65% infants who received daily Bifidobacterium animalis subsp. lactis BB-12 developed respiratory illnesses.  This is compared to the 94% of children who did not receive the supplements developed respiratory illness.

Source: Nutraingredients

Other reports find that the chances of developing a cold decrease for adults who take probiotics too.  On our website we have recommendations on probiotic products.