Colic is the medical term for excessive, frequent crying in a baby who appears to be otherwise healthy and well fed.
Babies with symptons of colic cry for more than three hours a day, for more than three days a week, for three weeks. While it's very common (affecting about one in five babies), it is still poorly understood.
However, in a step forward for science research, MCRI and pediatrician Dr Valerie Sung has released her research which indicates that a probiotic has the potential to provide relief to a baby suffering with colic.
"Up until now, there has been no effective treatment for colic. A new international study led by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI), in collaboration with 11 other institutions around the world, found the probiotic Lactobacillus reuteri has the potential to provide some reduction in crying in exclusively breastfed babies less than three months old." - Murdock Children's Research Institute
"Lactobacillus reuteri is effective and can be recommended for breastfed infants with colic. Its role in formula-fed infants with colic needs further research."
While we're not quite there for a solid cure for both breastfed and formula fed babies, the research brings hope to millions of affected parents.
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