Adults have been taking probiotics for years to improve the flora of their digestive tracts. Now an Italian research team reports that colicky babies suffering from reflux or constipation may also benefit from probiotics.

The investigators randomized over 500 newborns to receive either a probiotic or a placebo. Parents kept track of diaper changes, vomiting, severe crying episodes and trip to the pediatrician. The children getting the probiotic experienced substantially less crying time, fewer throw-ups and more dirty diapers, suggesting less constipation. The authors conclude that adding Lactobacilli to the diet during the first few weeks of life may be beneficial for the digestive tracts of infants.

[JAMA Pediatrics, Jan. 13, 2014]

This new research report seems the answer to a question posed by a meta-analysis last year: do probiotics benefit babies with colic? It appears that the answer should be yes.

In a previous study of young children, dermatologists found that Lactobacillus rhamnosus probiotic supplements could reduce the likelihood of eczema.

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  1. Kim H

    I watched a video by a chiropractor that had found we are all diapering our babies wrong, especially colicky babies.
    When we grab their tiny feet and lift straight up while they are on their backs we are actually creating a subluxation in the spine of the baby. This then is causing the discomfort in the child.
    In the video, instead of this wrong method passed down from generation to generation, one needs to gently roll the baby to the right while it is lying flat and then to the left. Either or & both if wanted for cleaning purposes. When this technique is used incidents of continued discomfort in the colicky baby have been averted.
    The lifting diaper technique seems to have been invented for the caregivers ease & comfort versus the one being attended too.
    Similar to Dr.’s putting women on their backs with legs in stirrups for birth, which completely and anatomically incorrect and goes against nature. Yet this was convenient & comfortable for the Dr.’s and thus implemented in the modern world.
    Smart women have returned to sitting, squatting and standing for easier births, thank goodness. Not to mention the elimination of back pain labor.

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