Probiotics for colic
by Newsletter Editor
Babies that suddenly start crying, often after feeding, may have different gut bacteria than babies without colic. To explore this idea, doctors reviewed 12 probiotics studies covering 1,800 infants with colic and found mixed, but positive, results. Half the studies found probiotics reduced crying; three of five placebo-controlled studies found probiotics effective in breast-fed infants, and one study found probiotic benefits for infants fed formula.
In three small pilot studies, the probiotic L. reuteri reduced crying time. Doctors said evidence is still insufficient to support using probiotics to manage or prevent colic, particularly in formula-fed babies, but probiotics may be effective in breastfed babies.