So now that you’ve tried the tips and tricks we’ve suggested to keep yourself and your little one as calm and stress free as possible when colic strikes, you may be ready to try outside products to increase relief that you’re able to give your child. Probiotics have been gaining popularity, but are probiotics safe for babies?
Probiotics are a natural, over-the-counter option that have been used to address discomfort and digestive issues in a wide variety of conditions. Made up of living ‘good’ bacteria and yeasts, probiotics can help maintain a balance of bacteria in your digestive tract that keeps your body working efficiently. Adults have taken probiotics for years to alleviate the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), antibiotic related bowel discomfort and disfunction, inflammatory bowel diseases like Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, systemic inflammation and much more.
The use of probiotics in adults have been studied often and those studies are well documented, but what about using probiotics to treat infants and children? Are probiotics safe for babies? Especially to give to your colicky newborn for relief from the discomfort of colic?
The development of probiotic products for small children is a growing field. Studies to compare the effectiveness of probiotics in relieving symptoms of common children’s conditions have shown positive results when giving probiotic strains to specific groups of children or infants, with placebos given to control groups in each case.
Some of the benefits of probiotics in small children include assisting in the speedy development of a balanced gut biome, reducing the likelihood that your little one may develop eczema or allergies, and even reducing the risk of upper respiratory tract infections in children who ingest probiotic foods regularly.
While fewer studies have been done on the effects of probiotics on infants, those that are published are favorable and show that specific strains can aid in digestion and help reduce the chronic digestive discomfort that can trigger colic.
It’s important to note that not all strains of probiotics are equal, so it’s a good idea to have a look at our comparison of the strains of probiotics in some of the most popular infant probiotic products, (including, of course, our own Second to Mom brand). You can find our comparison information here, and of course feel free to reach out through our contact form if you have any questions. We’re always here to help!