4. Relieve diarrhea
Antibiotics may kill good bacteria in addition to the ones they’re meant to kill, leading to stomach discomfort and diarrhea–but the Lactobacillus acidophilus in yogurt produce bacteriocins which restore natural intestinal culture. Which is why yogurt is used for restoring normal bacteria in the intestine after antibiotics and for treating antibiotic-related diarrhea and acute diarrhea in children. Yogurt formula given as a replacement for milk formula in infants and young children seems to relieve persistent diarrhea.
For preventing diarrhea due to treatment with antibiotics, WebMD recommends: 125 mL (approximately 4 ounces) of yogurt containing Lactobacillus GG taken twice daily throughout the antibiotic treatment course. Some researchers recommend taking 240 mL (8 ounces) of other yogurt preparations twice daily. Take yogurt at least 2 hours before or 2 hours after antibiotics.