TABLE 1

Baseline Characteristics

Probiotics (n = 79)Control (n = 80)
Mean age, y (SD)7.0 (3.4)6.5 (3.1)
Boys, n (%)42 (53)41 (51)
Mean duration of constipation, y (SD)3.4 (2.7)3.4 (2.6)
Mean stool frequency per week1.51.5
Stool frequency per week, %
    07.68.8
    0.5–13436
    1.5–25855
Stool consistency score, %
    Normal2019
    Hard7868
    Soft2.612
    Watery01.3
Pain during defecation score, %
    Yes5458
    Sometimes2824
    No1819
Median no. faecal incontinence episodes per week (P25-P75)0.1 (0–7)2 (0–7)