Probiotics May Help Treat Babies with Colic

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Many times parents find themselves in a totally helpless situation when their newborn cries uncontrollably for hours sometimes everyday and cannot be comforted. The reason for this  may be colic pain and now researchers believe a daily dose of probiotics may help tackle the problem.

Researchers in Italy at the University of Turin found that when a few drops of a bacterium that helps in digestion called the Lactobacillus reuteri, was given to infants, it helped soothe their colic pain.

Colic usually affects babies in the first three months of their lives when they cry continuously for hours and cannot be soothed. Although no known cause or cure of the problem is known yet, many experts believe that during the first few months of birth infants have an immature immune system. There is an imbalance of bacteria in their gastrointestinal system with high level of E. coli bacteria that may result in the colic.

The researchers compared the results between 25 infants who were given the drops with 21 infants who were given usual placebo drops to ease their pain. All the newborns were chosen carefully for the test. They were all diagnosed with colic, born full-term at a healthy gestational weight and had no history of gastrointestinal disorders. The infants were also not given formula but breastfed and their mothers were advised not to take cow’s milk during the test period. There were no other probiotic supplements given to the kids.

They found that in the beginning of the study both group of infants cried for similar periods but after a gap of three weeks both groups’ cries had reduced. While the group that was given placebo the cries dropped from 300 minutes to 90 minutes a day which might have been due to the stop of cow’s milk intake by their mothers. The group which was given probiotics, cries dropped from mean 370 minutes to just 35 minutes per day. Their stool analysis showed that the kids who were given probiotics also had reduced E coli.

Although some scientists are still skeptical if a bacteria dose could alleviate the problem completely, they believe that a dose of good bacteria could help reduce colic symptoms by improving gut motility and function, and reduce gas in the gastrointestinal tract. This could cure abdominal pain in babies. The probiotic dose also helped reduce the presence of harmful bacteria. – Atula, Staff Writer

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Atula is a writer, traveler and a nature-lover. She is also mom to a boy who seems to have inherited all her creative genes. When Atula is not busy making up stories with her son, she writes for numerous magazines, websites and blogs. She is also working on her site on endangered species called indiasendangered.com.

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  1. Wonderful! We love our probiotics and are 100% believers on how beneficial they are for all of us. We have seen first-hand how amazing they are because our son has terrible food allergies and intolerances that have given him severe eczema. We tried everything to help him and his skin continued to be terribly itchy, red, irritated and sometimes it would bleed. He was miserable with it. That’s until we heard about how great probiotics are for those with this condition and we started giving him Belly Boost chewable probiotics with the hope that it might help some. It helped A LOT!!! We were shocked and so thankful and now he has been nearly eczema free for over a year and can also tolerate many more foods! Probiotics are amazing!

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