Recent research has shown that supplementing with a particular strain of the probiotic Lactobacillus improves infantile colic. Not only that, but the probiotic is well-tolerated and safe.
Colic affects 3% to 28% of infants, causing considerable stress and concern for parents, and the pathogenesis of the condition remains elusive, although evidence suggests multiple independent causes. Recently, high levels of a strain of EColi were found to be more abundant in the stool of infants with colic and this may be an important contributing factor.
Lactobacillus reuteri (the probiotic used in the research) may help infantile colic by reducing levels of EColi, improving gut motility and function and thereby reducing pain.
If you have an infant with colic, speak to a nutritional therapist about supplementation with Lactobacillus reuteri. Additionally, you may want to consider a stool analysis to determine levels of good and bad bacteria.