The type and amount of certain types of bacteria in your baby’s gut appears to make a difference in whether or not they develop colic. Research has shown that babies with colic have less lactobacillus and more types of other bacteria.
Probiotics are certain types of good bacteria that may provide benefits when you consume enough. Lactobacillus reuteri (L. reuteri) is a probiotic similar to those found in breastmilk. Research has shown that giving babies L. reuteri positively influences the gut microbiota.
- L. reuteri has been studied in many infants and children.
- It has been clinically shown to reduce crying time by 50% in colicky, breastfed babies after one week of use.
Formula-fed babies with excessive crying and colic can get L. reuteri from a solution formula designed with their comfort in mind. Gerber® Good Start® Soothe Infant Formula is designed for colic, excessive crying and fussiness, and it’s the only formula with the probiotic L. reuteri.
*Talk to your baby’s doctor if you think that his colic symptoms could be related to a cow’s milk protein allergy.