Lactobacillus reuteri is well researched and has been shown to help promote digestive health within the following health conditions. No side-effects or negative effects have been discovered.
Infant Colic Up to 26 per cent of all infants in the West suffer from infant colic, which is defined as recurrent crying, mainly in the evening, for at least three hours per day, at least three days per week and for at least three weeks in an otherwise healthy infant.
Constipation The incidence of constipation among children varies between 7 and 30 per cent depending on the country. A full 40 per cent develop symptoms already during the first year of life and these often persist for a long time. Many children with constipation have continued problems as teens and adults.
Rotavirus is one of the most prevalent causes of acute diarrhoea in small children worldwide. By the age of five it is estimated that all children, regardless of their homeland, have had one rotavirus infection. In the USA rotavirus is behind 45 per cent of all cases of acute diarrhoea in children. Antibiotic-associated diarrhoea (AAD), i.e. diarrhoea as a side-effect of antibiotic therapy, affects up to 25 per cent of all patients treated with antibiotics. The risk of AAD is increased by factors such as the intake of several different types of antibiotics over a long period of time, gastrointestinal surgery and long-term hospital stays.
Helicobacter Pylori – The gastric ulcer bacterium
At least half of the earth’s population is infected, but its incidence varies from over 80 per cent of all adults in developing regions such as Asia and Latin America to between 20 per cent and 50 per cent in the industrialised world. However, the majority of infected individuals are unaware of this fact and only around 20 per cent have symptoms.
Regurgitation is defined as the passage of refluxed gastric content info the throat whilst vomiting is defined as expulsion of refluxed gastric content form the mouth. The frequency of regurgitation varies with age, with infants up to the first month being more frequently affected. Most infants are happy and healthy even if they frequently spit up or vomit.
Functional Abdominal pain (FAP)
Long lasting intermittent or constant abdominal pain without evidence of an organic cause is defined as functional abdominal pain. It affects 10-20% of all school-aged children and is one of the most common complaints of children and adolescents visiting a paediatric gastroenterologist.
Necrotizing Enterocolitis – A fatal disease
NEC is the death of intestinal tissue. It predominantly affects premature infants and often results in death or serious medical or neurodevelopmental complications, such as cerebral palsy (CP) and cognitive, visual or hearing impairment. The rate of NEC is highest in the smallest neonates (<1500 grams) where around 10% of the infants are infected. The death rate ranges between 20 and 30%, with the highest rate among infants requiring surgery.