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What kind of probiotics keep infant colic away?

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Probiotics good for infant colic.

A new review shows giving your baby probiotics during his or her first three months of life can help keep colic, gastric reflux and constipation away. According to the study finding, the result will be a happier baby and lower stress for parents trying to deal with with common gastrointestinal problems that affect infants.

Lactobacilli keeps baby's intestines healthy

What researchers suggest is the probiotic lactobacilli may keep baby's intestines healthy by improving permeability in the gut and other factors that include promoting more specialized mast cells that promote immunity and protect the intestines from parasites.

The study authors also found a cost savings associated with giving the probitiotics to colicky infants of $119 pwe patient, per family.

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“Driving a change of colonization during the first weeks of life through giving lactobacilli may promote an improvement in intestinal permeability; visceral sensitivity and mast cell density and probiotic administration may represent a new strategy for preventing these conditions, at least in predisposed children,” the authors wrote.

The study

The investigators compared the probiotic to placebo among 554 newborns in nine pediatric units in Italy to the probiotic Lactobacillus reuteri DSM 17938 (L reuteri DSM 17938) over a period of 90 days. Parents kept a diary of their baby's crying episodes, vomiting and bowel habits.

Aside from the cost savings, baby's given the Lacobacilii had fewer episodes of colic and shorter episodes of inconsolable crying.

JAMA Pediatrics
January 13, 2014

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