From yogurt to kombucha, probiotics have become even more popular recently. But can probiotics help provide colic relief in infants?
Babies initially develop their gut flora during their passage through the birth canal, from skin-to-skin contact with their mother and over time. Breast milk also contains natural probiotics that are passed from the mother to the infant.
More recently, the conversation has turned to adding probiotics to breast milk or baby formula. However, the research has not shown a distinct benefit and in fact, in one scientific study, research showed that at one month, the group given probiotics fussed or cried nearly 50 minutes more than the control group, who was given a placebo. **
While the cause of colic isn’t fully understood, it is known that temporary lactose intolerance is the cause of many colic-associated crying cases. Temporary lactose intolerance simply means that your infant is having trouble digesting the milk (breast or formula) as their digestive system matures. If your baby’s digestive system hasn’t matured enough to produce the lactase enzyme that aids in lactose digestion, additional bacteria strains probably won’t bring much relief.
Finding solutions to soothe a colicky infant can add to the frustration. Before purchasing other colic products that only treat the symptoms once they occur, try Colief Infant Digestive Aid. This natural dietary supplement is one of the only colic products that works by treating the milk (breast or formula) before each feeding to break down the lactose in milk, making it easier for your infant to digest. You can learn more about temporary lactose intolerance and infant digestion here. Sure, colic does eventually go away on its own, but why wait three more months if you don’t need to?