Positive Results for Probiotics in Latest Study of Colicy Infants

While not all studies have demonstrated benefit of probiotics for infant colic, many have, particularly in breastfed infants.  The latest study (J Pediatr 2015; 166: 74-78) shows that “administration of L reuteri DSM 17938 significantly improved colic symptoms by reducing crying and fussing times in breastfed Canadian infants.”

This study was conducted between 2012-2014 and enrolled 52 infants.  These infants were randomized to either probiotics or placebo; the study was double-blind as well.

Key results:

  • For the 21 day study:  Total average crying and fussing times for probiotic group was 1719 ± 750 minutes compared with 2195 ± 764 minutes in the placebo group. (P=0.028)
  • At the end of the study, the probiotic group crying/fussing for 60 minutes per day compared with 102 minutes/day in the placebo group.  (P=0.045)

Take-home message: In breastfed infants, the probiotic L reuteri DSM 17938 reduced crying.

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  1. For families who want to try this, “Gerber Soothe Colic Drops” contain the same species of probiotic bacteria. I am not sure how the dose on the package corresponds to the dose used in this study, but the product is probably quite safe for healthy babies (I would not recommend this for very premature babies or babies with immune compromise.)

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