Journal article

Probiotics, prematurity and neurodevelopment: follow-up of a randomised trial

Susan E Jacobs, Leah Hickey, Susan Donath, Gillian F Opie, Peter J Anderson, Suzanne M Garland, Jeanie LY Cheong

BMJ PAEDIATRICS OPEN | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2017

Abstract

Objective: To determine the impact of one probiotics combination on the neurodevelopment of very preterm children at 2-5 years corrected gestational age (CA). Design: Follow-up study of survivors of a double-blinded, placebo-controlled, randomised trial of probiotic effects on late-onset sepsis in very preterm infants that found reduced necrotising enterocolitis. Setting: 10 tertiary perinatal centres in Australia and New Zealand. Patients: 1099 very preterm infants born <32 weeks' gestation and weighing <1500 g. Intervention: Probiotics (Bifidobacterium infantis, Streptococcus thermophilus and Bifidobacterium lactis) or placebo administered from birth until discharge home or term CA, whiche..

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Grants

Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia


Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia grant numbers 454629 and 1028050; SJ is also supported by Early Career Fellowship number 1073103, PA by Senior Research Fellowship number 1081288 and JC by Early Career Fellowship number 1053787).