CHICAGO (AP) - A leading medical group says there's some evidence that probiotics, or "good" bacteria, may have limited benefits for certain illnesses in children.
But the group says the science isn't yet strong enough to advocate infant formulas containing probiotics. And probiotics shouldn't be given to children who are seriously ill.
That's according to a new American Academy of Pediatrics report published Monday in the journal, Pediatrics.
For years, companies have been making claims that their probiotic pills, yogurts, milks and juices help digestive health and the immune system.
The new report summarizes findings from high-quality scientific studies on some of the active ingredients in the products. The report says probiotics taken early during diarrhea from a viral infection may shorten the illness in otherwise healthy children. But the report says they should not be given to children with compromised immune systems or who use intravenous catheters.