Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Can Probiotics Prevent Stomach Flu?

Yep.  I caught it.  Incubation period between exposure to stomach virus and symptoms is between 1 to 4 days and sure enough this morning is the fourth morning after our vomiting episode with little E.  As I walked into work today, green in the face.. my office manager tells me she never gets the stomach flu because she take acidophilus.  So I decided to look into it more...

There is still a lot of research that needs to be done on this but the bottom line is taking probiotics may:

  • reduce the severity in viral gastroenteritis (stomach bug) in kids
  • prevent antibiotic induced diarrhea in kids

Well, if it works for kids, it probably does the same for adults.  To read the full article on medpage you can click here.