January 02, 2018 3 min read
The probiotic group showed improvement (less crying and fussing) at all time points and the probiotic group was twice as likely to show improvement over the placebo group. These results were pronounced for breast-fed babies but, at least in these studies, the results were considered insignificant and conflicting for formula-fed babies. The study concluded that L. reuteri was recommended as a colic remedy for breast-fed babies and that further research was needed as to its effectiveness for formula-fed babies.
While purely conjecture on our parts, this conclusion would fit with the general scope and theory of probiotics. By establishing a more balanced and beneficial bacterial environment in ones body, this in turn contributes to overall well-being both emotionally and physically.
The human race has evolved and survived due to, in no small part, a very active and synergistic partnership with bacteria. From digestion, to immune support, to emotional stability and beyond, these micro "critters" play a super-role in keeping us alive and healthy. This is as true for our children as it is for us adults.
Building a healthier gut for your child is a subject and activity that is well worth exploring.