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What Types of Probiotics Are Best for Colicky Babies?

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author image Chad Stone
Chad Stone is a medical scientist based in the Pacific Northwest. Since 2003, Dr. Stone has has published high-profile articles on the molecular mechanisms of cardiovascular disease and cancer in journals such as Blood and the Journal of the American Heart Association. Dr. Stone is a specialist in blood biology as well as cancers of breast, colon, kidney and other tissues.
What Types of Probiotics Are Best for Colicky Babies?
Probiotics can relieve some of the root causes of colic in infants. Photo Credit Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images

Overview

Probiotics are healthy bacteria that play an important role in digestive health. Babies are not born with many probiotics in their guts and may suffer a number digestive issues due to lack of these bacteria. Colic is a very common digestive problem in infants that may be caused by a lack of probiotics. Some infant supplements can provide your baby with probiotics and potentially relieve some of the symptoms of colic.

BioGaia ProBiotic Drops

BioGaia is a well-known producer of probiotics that makes supplements for people of all ages. Product information provided by BioGaia explains that BioGaia products contain the bacteria L. reuteri Protectis. This probiotic bacteria has been shown to be safe and effective for use by children in numerous clinical trials. ColicHelp.com, an independent resource to help parents treat colic, describes many of the potential advantages of BioGaia Probiotic Drops for infants. One clinical study described by ColicHelp.com explains that BioGaia Drops reduced the crying time babies with colic from 159 minutes per day to 51 minutes a day. BioGaia Probiotic Drops are administered by adding the drops to your infant’s formula. This product works best when it is used on a daily basis.

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Udo’s Choice Infant’s Blend Probiotic

Udo’s Choice infant probiotic supplement contains a blend of seven probiotics. ProbioticsSupplements.com, an independent consumer review resource, explains that these probiotics found in Udo’s Choice are specifically thought to maximize infant digestive health. According to product information supplied by Udo’s Choice, babies born by caesarean section as well as non-breast fed babies may have less probiotics in their intestines. By using Udo’s Choice, you may be able to replenish some healthy bacteria to your infant to calm digestive issues at the root of colic. Udo’s Choice Infant’s Blend is supplied as a dried powder that can be added to your baby’s formula one to three times per day.

Nutramigen With Enflora LGG

Nutramigen with Enflora LGG is an infant formula specifically designed to help relieve colic in babies. According to Enfamil, this formula is supplemented with the probiotic bacteria Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG, or LGG. The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston explains that LGG relieves a number of intestinal problems in children as well as adults and may help to treat colic.

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