An Article In The New York Times Suggests That Babies With Colic Might Benefit From Probiotics.

An article in the New York Times suggests that babies with colic might benefit from probiotics.
An article in the New York Times suggests that babies with colic might benefit from probiotics. According to the National Institute of Health, 20% of babies have colic. It begins around three weeks old, peaks between four and six weeks and usually ends by 12 weeks. That may not seem like a long time...unless it's your baby that has colic. Babies with colic cry for hours and it seems that very little soothes them. It can be frustrating for tired and stressed out parents who are also upset that their babies are clearly uncomfortable or unhappy. And it's obviously unpleasant for the babies with colic. So what's the deal with probiotics for colic? The New York Times article points to a 2007 Italian study that found that colicky babies given L. reuteri cried less than babies given an infant gas reduction medication. L. reuteri is a probiotic that is found in yogurt. While my kids were not newborns, I gave them both probiotics when they were babies - seven months for my daughter and ten months for my son. Each was in an orphanage and had digestive tract issues. My daughter's problems were severe due to an intestinal parasite. I have no idea whether they helped, but I don't believe the probiotics hurt, either, and this desperate mama was willing to give anything that wasn't harmful a try! Would you consider probiotics for your baby if s/he had colic?

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