Try a probiotic for colicky babies

GPs can offer evidence-based advice for settling these infants

Probiotic supplements or hypoallergenic diets could help parents treat babies who experience colic, according to new Australian research.

Crying baby

A review of infantile colic management options found that a three-week trial of the probiotic Lactobacillus reuteri DSM 17938 and the introduction of hypoallergenic formula were both effective in reducing crying.

L. reuteri was shown to be effective in exclusively breastfed babies with colic; however, there was insufficient evidence to make conclusions for formula-fed infants with colic, wrote author Dr

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