Probiotic’s potential to help babies with colic

06 February 2018

Researchers have found evidence to support the use of a probiotic in babies with colic or excessive crying.

The Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, in collaboration with 11 other institutions, found that the probiotic Lactobacillus reuteri has the potential to provide some reduction in crying in exclusively breastfed babies less than three months old.

The research, published in Pediatrics, combined raw data from four placebo-controlled trials using L. reuteri from Italy, Poland, Canada and Australia. 

Researchers found that, compared with a placebo group, the probiotic group was twice as likely to reduce crying by half by the 21st day of treatment in babies who were exclusively breastfed.

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