Probiotics effective in reducing asthma exacerbations in children
As per a recent study published in Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, a combination of two probiotics may reduce asthma exacerbations in allergic children, particularly those with home dust mite allergies,
The PROPAM research comprised 164 allergic children, with a mean age of 8 years and a gender split of 60 girls and 104 males. Having 84 people in the placebo group and 80 people in the probiotic group. The supplementation period lasted four months. For 8 weeks, participants were given the probiotic combination or a placebo twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening, and then once a day for another 8 weeks.
It was found that children with allergies who got the probiotic combination had fewer asthma exacerbations, with improved results for those with home dust mite allergies. Furthermore, utilizing these strains in probiotic supplements might decrease asthma exacerbations, lowering health-care expenses and drug side effects while increasing quality of life.
Because many children with asthma have uncontrolled or inadequately managed asthma, and prior exacerbations are the primary risk factor for future asthma exacerbations, therefore probiotics may be useful in avoiding them.
Dr. Nandita Mohan
BDS, MDS( Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry)