Probiotics fail to treat infant colic

The study, deemed as the most definitive to date on the controversial topic, refutes recent European research that indicated a benefit of probiotic supplements for babies with colic.

In this controlled trial, Melbourne researchers randomised 167 breastfed and formula-fed infants, who were aged less than three months and met the Wessel’s criteria for infant colic, to receive either a daily oral L. reuteri probiotic supplement or a placebo.

After one month, the mean daily time spent crying and fussing had fallen in both groups, however there was no difference between the groups in the time spent crying. In fact, the babies in the probiotic group spent more time fussing than those taking the placebo.

Lead author Dr Valerie Sung, a paediatrician with the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute and the Royal Children’s Hospital, said that where the previous European trials were limited to breastfed babies and mothers on specific diets, their