Probiotics for crying babies

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Posted: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 10:15 am | Updated: 10:23 am, Tue Oct 8, 2013.

Probiotics are live bacteria in food that may enhance the good bacteria in our bodies, this can help alleviate certain gastrointestinal complaints like gas, bloating, and diarrhea.

Some think probiotics may help a colicky baby, too. But, a new Australian study finds insufficient evidence to support using probiotics to manage colic or prevent crying in infants.

Researchers at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute looked at 12 studies, involving nearly 2,000 infants, 3 months and younger.

5 of the studies examined how effective probiotics were in treating colic and the other 7 studies examined probiotics role in possibly preventing it.

According to the studies 6 of them suggested probiotics reduced crying and 6 did not.

Researchers say larger, more vigorous studies are needed.

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