In this trial of children (ages 3-5), they were randomized to twice daily probiotics (with lactobacillus acidophilus alone or with Bifidobacterium animalis)or placebo for 6 months. Both probiotic groups had significantly fewer episodes of fever, cough, rhinorrhea, and daycare days missed (abstract). Although done in a pediatric population, the results are very intriguing.
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.