Researchers from Curtin University of Technology in Perth, Australia evaluated a milk product containing probiotics and prebiotics (Cupday Milk) on the incidence of diarrhea in children in daycare centers.

First, the details.

  • 496 children aged 1-3 years attending 29 childcare centers in Perth, Australia were studied.
  • The diarrhea rates were analyzed in all of the children who started the study and compared to those who took the Cupday for more than 10 days.
  • The endpoint for the study was the number of days in which children had 4 or more stools.

And, the results.

  • The children consuming Cupday for more than 10 days had a 20% reduction in the number of days they had 4 or more stools per day.

The bottom line?
Similarly, researchers at Ben-Gurion University in Beer-Sheva, Israel reported that “Compared to standard formulas, infant formulas supplemented with probiotics — especially Lactobacillus reuteri — may curb gastrointestinal illnesses such as diarrhea and may reduce the number of absences from child care due to illness.”

These results are important from an economic perspective. For example, a study in Canada found that healthcare costs and indirect (work-loss) costs ranged from $350 to $2,663 per person depending on the severity of the illness.

It’s expensive, not to mention the stress it places on your career.

For a working parent(s), the last thing you want to hear in the morning is that little Johnny has to stay home from daycare because he’s sick.

2/27/08 20:25 JR

Hi, I’m JR

John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.