A study in Pediatics found a decrease in colic in exclusively breastfed infants with the introduction of the probiotic, lactobacillus reuteri. The study concluded, “L. reuteri DSM 17 938 at a dose of 108 colony-forming units per day in early breastfed infants improved symptoms of infantile colic and was well tolerated and safe. Gut microbiota changes induced by the probiotic could be involved in the observed clinical improvement.” Read more…
Probiotics and Colic
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There are many probiotics. Make sure it’s formulated for babies with some bifidobacterium infantus. You can put it on your finger and have the baby suck it off or mix with some expressed milk.
I’d like to respond to your question on behalf of our client, BioGaia, the company that exclusively develops L. reuteri Protectis, the probiotic used in this study. It was administered to the infants in drop form. BioGaia Probiotic drops are the only probiotic available in drop form, FYI, and they can be ordered at any pharmacy counter. You can also visit http://www.gut-health.com for more information. Hope this helps.
Thanks for posting this Julie! How do you recommend getting probiotics into baby? I bought a powder (Michael murray’s) but I wonder if there is a better way (I’m not giving her dairy yet) or a better quality powder? My baby was c-section and is showing signs of poor gut colonization now that she is eating solids. I appreciate your advice if you have a moment. Thanks! Monica