Fecal Microbiota and Diet of Children with Chronic Constipation.


eMediNexus    10 April 2018

The goal of a study published in the International Journal of Pediatrics was to compare the fecal microbiota of constipated and non-constipated children and their frequencies of food intake. This was an observational study which enrolled 79 children of which, 43 were males and 36 were females between the age of six and 36 months, who were divided into two groups; vis, cases – 39 constipated children and controls – 40 non-constipated children. Here, the fecal microbiota of the stool samples of these children was analyzed by real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR). The results revealed that constipated children had lower concentration of Lactobacillus per milligram of stool than non-constipated children. On the contrary, the concentration of Bifidobacterium per milligram of stool and the intake of fruits, vegetables, and junk food of the two groups were comparable. Meanwhile, constipated children consumed more dairy products, were more frequently delivered via caesarean section, were weaned earlier, and usually had a family history of constipation. Hence, it was concluded that children with chronic constipation (CC) have a lower concentration of Lactobacillus in their stools and consume more dairy products.

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