Probiotics and Child Gastrointestinal Health

Advances in Microbiology, Infectious Diseases and Public Health Volume 10

  • Stefano Guandalini
  • Flavia Indrio

Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 1125)

Also part of the Advances in Microbiology, Infectious Diseases and Public Health book sub series (AMIDPH, volume 1125)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. The Newborn

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Marta Selma-Royo, Maria Tarrazó, Izaskun García-Mantrana, Carlos Gómez-Gallego, Seppo Salminen, Maria Carmen Collado
      Pages 3-24
    3. Jillian R. Baranowski, Erika C. Claud
      Pages 25-36
    4. Fabio Mosca, Maria Lorella Gianni, Maria Rescigno
      Pages 37-45
  3. The Infant

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 47-47
    2. Flavia Indrio, Vanessa Nadia Dargenio, Paola Giordano, Ruggiero Francavilla
      Pages 49-56
    3. Lorella Paparo, Rita Nocerino, Carmen Di Scala, Giusy Della Gatta, Margherita Di Costanzo, Aniello Buono et al.
      Pages 57-68
    4. Gloria Serena, Alessio Fasano
      Pages 69-81
  4. The Child

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 83-83
    2. Valerio Nobili, Antonella Mosca, Tommaso Alterio, Sabrina Cardile, Lorenza Putignani
      Pages 85-100
    3. Stefano Guandalini, Naire Sansotta
      Pages 101-107
    4. Andrea Lo Vecchio, Vittoria Buccigrossi, Maria Cristina Fedele, Alfredo Guarino
      Pages 109-120
    5. Meltem Dinleyici, Yvan Vandenplas
      Pages 139-146
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 147-150

About this book


This book shows the huge impact the gut microbiota has on the gastrointestinal health of humans with a particular focus on children. It also highlights the potential use of probiotic microorganisms to protect or improve children’s gastrointestinal health.

Humans are not single organisms: We are a multi-organism structure composed of ourselves and our microbiota, living in close symbiosis since birth and even before. The huge impact that the billons of microscopic cells living in our gut have on our gastrointestinal and systemic health cannot be overestimated. The enormous progress that has been made in the past decade in our still very incomplete understanding of the gut microbiota is opening the door to potential applications in human health that were simply unthinkable before.

One of the most interesting aspects of this new scientific horizon is the fact that we may identify (or even create in the laboratory) and utilize many of these “friendly bacteria” to protect, or improve our health. Thus, strains of probiotic microorganisms are being identified and studied in a vast array of clinical scenarios. Among the most investigated areas for probiotics is the gastrointestinal health of children.

The topics addressed in this book are spanning from the development of the gut microbiota in the fetus and newborn all the way to current and potential applications in disparate conditions such as necrotizing enterocolitis, or infectious, or inflammatory conditions affecting the child. 

The book is written in a rigorous, evidence based manner by an international group of outstanding experts in these fields and is aimed at pediatric gastroenterologists, pediatricians and physician scientists alike.


Probiotics post-biotics Child gastrointestinal health gastrointestinal health Gastrointestinal diseases Microbiota development gut microbiota gut microbiom gastrointestinal microbiom gastrointestinal microbiota Necrotizing enterocolitis NEC Colic prevention Colic treatment Food allergy Celiac disease Acute Infectious Diarrhea Functional GI disorders

Editors and affiliations

  • Stefano Guandalini
    • 1
  • Flavia Indrio
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PediatricsUniversity of ChicagoChicagoUSA
  2. 2.Department of Pediatrics, Ospedale Giovanni XXIUniversity of Bari Aldo MoroAmendolaItaly

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