Mother and Baby

The New Colic Breakthrough?

A simple remedy found in yoghurt could help breastfed babies suffering from colic, according to new research

There’s nothing more heartbreaking than hearing your baby cry with colic. But now a review of studies carried out at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne could have the answer.

Lactobacillus reuteri is a type of good bacteria found in natural yoghurt and researchers believe that breastfed babies who are given the probiotic are less likely to get colic.

Colic is a common condition that occurs during the first few months of your baby’s life. It’s when your otherwise healthy baby cries for three hours or more a day. Although nobody’s really sure what causes colic, some studies suggest that it’s caused by your baby’s immature digestive system. That’s why probiotics – which can help improve digestion – may help.

The researchers looked at both breastfed and bottle-fed babies and concluded that while probiotics may help babies who are breastfed, there was no difference for babies given formula milk. They’ve now called for more research into probiotics and how they may help reduce colic symptoms.

It’s not the first time that probiotics have been linked to improving your baby’s health. A 2010 study found pregnant women who drank milk with a probiotic supplement reduced their baby’s chances of developing eczema.

What are your tips for easing colic? Let us know by commenting below.

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