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You’ve probably heard that taking probiotics – live bacteria commonly found in your gut – can help boost your digestive health.

Now scientists have shown that probiotics may help young children as well.

Researchers enrolled more than 300 children at day care centers in Mexico in a double-blind study.

Half of the kids received a daily dose of probiotics; the other half received a daily placebo.

They found that the probiotics significantly reduced the number of times – and the duration of – the kids’ diarrhea episodes.

The live bacteria also helped prevent respiratory tract infections.