How many of you have survived a colicky baby? My first born was colicky. The crying would start at 11:00 pm and continue typically until 5:00am the next morning. After the first couple of hours of jiggling, pacing and rocking, I don’t know who was crying more, me or my little one.
Colic affects up to 28% of infants and has no known cause or cure.
A probiotic supplement may be an option for parents trying to soothe a colicky baby, according to studies.
Researchers from the University of Turin, Italy, found that a few daily drops of Lactobacillus reuteri, a bacterium that can help improve digestion, significantly reduced crying among infants with colic. The double-blinded and placebo-controlled study of 46 breastfed colicky infants found those who received probiotic drops containing a strain of Lactobacillus cried significantly less each day after three weeks compared with babies who got placebo drops (median 35 versus 90 minutes a day).
The findings were published in the journal “Pediatrics”. Colic occurs during the first three months of an infant’s life in which an otherwise healthy child cries and cannot be comforted for three hours or more every day.
Similar to the fetus, an infant at the time of birth has a sterile gastrointestinal tract, but bacterial colonization occurs rapidly. The newborn infant’s gestational age, mode of delivery, and diet seem to have significant effects on this process. Neonates who are born by Caesarian delivery, born preterm, and/or exposed to perinatal or postnatal antibiotics have a delay in natural intestinal probiotic bacterial colonization. When delivered vaginally, breastfed infants and formula-fed infants have a similar pattern of bacterial colonization at 48 hours of age. It is definitely worth a try!
In the meantime, if you need a break from your baby’s crying, take one. Friends and relatives are often happy to watch your baby when you need some time to yourself. If no one is immediately available, it’s OK to put the baby down in the crib and take a break before making another attempt at consolation. There is nothing you are doing wrong! Colicky babies can be a huge challenge and they will eventually grow out of it.
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