Probioticsmay help protect premature babies

Some babies born prematurely are at risk of a serious condition callednecrotising enterocolitis (NEC). This is when tissues in the baby's gut become inflamed and start to die.

There's some good evidence that probioticsmay reducethe likelihood of premature babiesdeveloping NEC , although there are still some uncertainties, and routine use of probiotics in premature babies isnt currently recommended.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018