Probiotics for recurrent abdominal pain in childhood

Probiotics pills and dietary supplements

Journal or Paediatrics & Child Health

Worldwide, it is estimated that 13.5% of school-age children are affected by recurrent abdominal pain (RAP).  Although considered a relatively benign condition, RAP results in substantial morbidity, as well as concern for parents, and paediatricians. Pathophysiology, accurate diagnosis and optimal management remain unclear. Unsurprisingly, dietary approaches to RAP have been around since Apley’s original report of the condition in the 1950s. The good news is a recent systematic review and meta-analysis has identified at least one dietary intervention that appears beneficial, namely probiotics.

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