For any parent that has a baby or had baby, you might be aware of a condition known as baby colic. Colic is defined as, ” episodes of crying for more than three hours a day, for more than three days a week, for three weeks in an otherwise healthy child.”
If you had a child that experienced colic you know all about the long periods of crying and the stress and struggle that had on your life.
There are not too many treatments for colic. If your baby has it, you generally have to ride that wave. But science offers some hope. A study published by the American Academy of Pediatrics at the end of 2017 found that treating breastfed babies with a probiotic called Lactobacillus reuteri DSM17938 showed promise in reducing colic.
The study published the results: Four double-blind trials involving 345 infants with colic (174 probiotic and 171 placebo) were included. The probiotic group averaged less crying and/or fussing time than the placebo group at all time points (day 21 adjusted mean difference in change from baseline [minutes] −25.4 [95% confidence interval (CI): −47.3 to −3.5]). The probiotic group was almost twice as likely as the placebo group to experience treatment success at all time points (day 21 adjusted incidence ratio 1.7 [95% CI: 1.4 to 2.2]). Intervention effects were dramatic in breastfed infants (number needed to treat for day 21 success 2.6 [95% CI: 2.0 to 3.6]) but were insignificant in formula-fed infants.
— HuffPost Canada (@HuffPostCanada) January 2, 2018