The Indian Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 82, Issue 5, pp 410–414 | Cite as

A Double Blind Randomized Trial Showing Probiotics to be Ineffective in Acute Diarrhea in Indonesian Children

  • Badriul Hegar
  • I. Made Indra Waspada
  • Hartono Gunardi
  • Yvan VandenplasEmail author
Original Article



To investigate the efficacy of probiotics added to oral rehydration solution and zinc in the treatment of acute infectious diarrhea in Indonesian children.


A prospective randomized double blind placebo-controlled trial was performed to test the efficacy of a probiotic food supplement in 112 children in the Kenari subdistrict, central Jakarta, aged 6–36 mo with acute infectious diarrhea and moderate dehydration. The supplemented group was given standard therapy (oral rehydration solution and zinc) and the probiotic strains Lactobacillus (L.) rhamnosus R0011 1.9 × 109 colony forming units (cfu) and L. acidophilus R0052 0.1 × 109 cfu/d for 7 d, while the control group was given standard therapy and placebo.


Median duration of diarrhea was 68.5 h (range 13–165) in the supplemented and 61.5 h (range 21–166) in the control group (P = 0.596). Median daily frequency of defecation until diarrhea stopped was 5.0 in the supplemented vs. 5.5 in the control group (P = 0.795).


This probiotic food supplement tested did not reduce the duration of acute infectious diarrhea as compared to oral rehydration and zinc.


Acute diarrhea Acute gastroenteritis Lactobacillus Oral rehydration (solution) Probiotic Zinc 



BH, IMIW, HG and YV: Designed the study; IMIW, HG: Included the patients; BH and YV: Wrote the manuscript. YV will act as guarantor for this paper.

Conflict of Interest

YV is consultant for Biocodex and United Pharmaceuticals.

Role of Funding Source

Dexa Medica (Jakarta, Indonesia) provided the probiotics and Indofarma (Jakarta, Indonesia) zinc and ORS for free.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Badriul Hegar
    • 1
  • I. Made Indra Waspada
    • 1
  • Hartono Gunardi
    • 1
  • Yvan Vandenplas
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Child Health, Faculty of MedicineUniversity of IndonesiaJakartaIndonesia
  2. 2.Department of Pediatrics, UZ BrusselVrije Universiteit BrusselBrusselsBelgium

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