Excessive crying and colic can be exhausting for both you and your little one. You may be consumed with trying to figure out what is making your baby cry for hours on end and doing your best to comfort her. Experts don’t know exactly what causes colic in most cases, but it seems to happen at a similar rate in breastfed and bottle-fed babies.*
The type and amount of certain types of bacteria in your baby’s gut appears to make a difference in whether or not she develops colic. Lactobacilli are a type of good bacteria found in your baby’s gut that seems to play a role. 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 found in breastmilk. Research has shown that giving babies L. reuteri increases the amount of lactobacillus in their gut.
- L. reuteri has been studied in many infants and children.
- It has been clinically shown to reduce crying time by half in colicky, breastfed babies after one week of use.
Formula-fed babies with excessive crying and colic can get L. reuteri from a new solution formula designed with their comfort in mind. GERBER® GOOD START® Soothe Infant Formula is designed for excessive crying, colic, 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.
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