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Probiotics Can Help Newborns with Colic

Probiotics can help adults stay healthy and keep up the numbers of good bacteria in the intestines, but what about colicky newborns?  A new study published in JAMA Pediatrics shows what smaller studies worldwide have noticed: colicky newborns given probiotic drops containing Lactobacillus reuteri DSM 17938 showed a greater improvement in colic symptoms over those given placebo. 


Furthermore, the probiotic drops also helped alleviate constipation and reduced pediatrician visits, emergency room visits, days parents had to take off from work and usage of over the counter products for gas and bloating. These benefits lasted for the duration of the 3-month study. Both sets of newborns had similar rates of spitting up at one month, but by 3 months, the probiotic group showed less spitting up. 


CarePro Advance Health carries a product called Gerber Soothe Drops that contains the same strain of Lactobacillus reuteri used in this study. Probiotics are safe for almost everyone to use, but those with weakened or suppressed immune systems or shortened guts should consult their primary care provider before using probiotics.