‘Good bacterium’ prevents colic symptoms in newborns

‘Good bacterium’ prevents colic symptoms in newborns

Treatment with beneficial microbe nearly halves crying time

By Nathan Seppa, 17:18 PM January 13, 2014

Newborns who take drops containing a beneficial bacterium cry less than babies not given the supplement, researchers report January 13 in JAMA Pediatrics.

The cause of excessive crying — or colic – is not well understood, but scientists suspect that the microbial mix in infants’ intestines is involved.  Researchers at the University of Bari Aldo Moro in Italy teamed with other scientists across Italy to randomly assign 589 newborns to get either a placebo or a probiotic supplement. The supplem...

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