Probiotic supplementation quells colic in babies, according to a study in the journal Pediatrics.

Investigators followed 46 exclusively breastfed infants with colic. Of these, 25 were given the probiotic Lactobacillus reuteri (L. reuteri), while 21 were given a placebo. Mothers of both groups were instructed to not drink cow’s milk during the study period. Treatment lasted 3 weeks.

At the start of the study, the babies were crying for five to six hours a day. At the end of the study infants in the probiotic group were only crying about half an hour a day. Those where received placebo were crying for an hour and a half a day.

Stool samples showed an increase in probiotic bacteria and a drop in Escherichia coli (E. coli) and ammonia among infants who took probiotics.

Pediatrics – August 16, 2010;Epub.

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