Probiotics for Colic
Colic can be one of the most stressful conditions for parents to deal with. The medical doctors don’t have any answers, and the products they sell in store don’t seem to help much at all. Well now there is evidence that giving your baby probiotics may help reduce his or her discomfort.
Probiotics are essentially good bacteria that live in your intestine that help kill the bad bacteria and pathogens that enter your body. Different people have different levels of them, and there are normally around 400 different species of bacteria that live inside your intestines, protecting you. They have become increasingly popular with adults as a way to boost the immune system and reduce sick days. Most people have zero side effects when taken properly.
A study now shows that babies given probiotics during the first three months of life appear to have fewer bouts of not only colic, but acid reflux and constipation as well. The results, which were published online Jan. 13 in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, showed that, over three months, the babies who got the probiotics had significantly shorter crying spells and less stomach upset than the babies given the placebo. They are already widely used in Europe. As with adults, no negative side effects were experienced by the babies.
I believe that this will become more common with parents, not just for colic, but for a other issues involving the GI or immune system. Probiotics have been shown to influence the activity of hundreds of genes, helping them to express in a positive, disease-fighting manner. According to one study, daily supplementation of probiotic foods may reduce your child’s risk of eczema and allergy by 58 percent. Considering the research is just beginning, probiotics for babies may become the normal thing to do.
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