Can probiotics in yogurt protect children from colds?
A daily dose of 'friendly bacteria' found in probiotic yogurts could help beat coughs and colds, a new study has shown. Researchers found that children who took a pill containing probiotics were less likely to catch a cold and when they did fall ill, their symptoms were milder.
As a result, they were off nursery less, saw their GP less and were prescribed fewer antibiotics, according to the report published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
The study included 57 children aged 3-6 years old, half of them took a daily probiotic pill and the others an identical placebo tablet, as Daily Mail reports.
Those who took the pills containing 'friendly bacteria' -similar to the probiotics found in yogurts- were a third less likely to catch a cold. Moreover, the amount of time they spent sneezing was cut by 76 per cent and they spent half as much time coughing.
However, other experts say that there is little that can be done to stop children from catching colds and it is just a part of growing up. Young children are particularly prone to coughs and colds because they have yet to build up immunity to the many different viruses behind the infections.