Research Video: Do probiotics help treat infants with colic?
Dr Valerie Sung explains her latest study which shows that probiotics are ineffective in treating infant colic.
The study, which was published in the British Medical Journal in April 2014, is the largest and most rigorous trial to date to show the probiotic Lactobacillus reuteri, is ineffective in treating both breast and formula fed infants with colic.
Infant colic, or excessive crying for no apparent cause, is extremely common and can have significant consequences for the baby and their mother’s mental health. It affects up to 20% of infants.
- Sung V, Hiscock H, Tang MLK, Mensah FK, Nation ML, Satzke C, Heine RG, Stock A, Barr RG, Wake M. Treating infant colic with the probiotic Lactobacillus reuteri: a randomised double-blind placebo-controlled trial. BMJ 2014;348:g2107