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Probiotics Increase Bowel Frequency in Infants with Chronic Constipation

In a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study involving 44 consecutive infants at least 6 months of age, diagnosed with functional chronic constipation, supplementation with the probiotic, Lactobacillus reuteri, for a period of 8 weeks was found to increase bowel movements at weeks 2, 4 and 8, as compared to placebo. No significant difference in stool consistency was found between the groups. The authors conclude, "Because of their safety profile, probiotics may be an attractive option in the treatment of functional constipation."
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