HealthWatch: Probiotics Help Ease Colic

NEW YORK (CBS 2) — Having a baby with colic can be extremely stressful and heartbreaking as a parent.  Babies with colic cry for hours for no apparent reason and can’t seem to be comforted.

A new study in the journal “Pediatrics” shows there is a possible treatment that could help.  The small study found that infants who took a daily drop of a probiotic supplement cried one-third less than babies who didn’t.

Probiotics are healthy bacteria that help keep the intestines working properly. Probiotics can be found in yogurt and some bread products.

Four-month-old Everly Weinholtz is a normal baby during the day.  She cries when she’s hungry or tired.  During the night however, colic turns her into another child.

“She screams. She yells. She turns beet red. She clenches her fist like she’s fighting someone,” said her mother, Ali Weinholtz.

Now Weinholtz and other moms with colicky babies may have a new hope.

“If there are less spasms and the muscles don’t contract so strong, the baby won’t feel pain,” said Dr. Joseph Levy of NYU Langone Medical Center.

Colic affects up to 28 percent of infants but doctors are not sure what causes it.

When diagnosing the condition, doctors refer to the rule of threes:

* Crying for more than 3 hours

* At least 3 days a week

* For at least 3 weeks

Probiotic products for babies are already on the market but parents should check with their pediatrician before adding any to their child’s diet.

“Not every probiotic is the same and not every baby that cries has colic,” said Levy.

More studies need to be done before probiotics can be used to treat colic.

Allie Weinholtz would welcome a remedy for her baby.

“I’ve been swaddling her, trying to soothe her with a pacey,” said Weinholtz.

For now, Weinholtz can take comfort in knowing that babies usually outgrow colic by the time they are six months old.


One Comment

  1. Jenna says: did the trick for me, a simple 3-step process with nasty gripe water is all it took.

    Interestingly enough, they have articles regarding probiotics and colic symptoms too. There’re so many different types of colic that you really need to nail the right one before you start treating it.

  2. smilinggreenmom says:

    I am glad that our kids did not have colic, or at least it was not diagnosed as such. However, our little boy was pretty fussy and it turned out to be food intolerances that he had which led to severe eczema by the time he was 3 months old. I have to say that I hope others really do look into probiotics because this has been the one thing that has helped our little guy! After trying many docs and tests, without any help or answers, his Belly Boost chewable probiotics have helped him dramatically! They have changed our life and I really believe in how amazing they are!

  3. Brandie says:

    My baby had colic when he was little and I researched the internet for any remedy I could find. I found what is called Colic Calm. It is the best stuff ever. I use it now for my 11 month teething. It helps with so much. It is well worth the expense.

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