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Can Probiotics Help With Colic?

The fact of the matter is that colic can be an extremely frustrating thing for parents to deal with. While there are very seldom any actual ill effects that the colicky infant feels, colic can add chaos to a household. Parents with a colicky baby can find that they are missing out on many of the joys that they should be experiencing in those early days of their baby's life. Unfortunately for these families, there are few if any effective medications that can help with colic. Fortunately for parents that have infants with colic, there may be a variety of other products, such as probiotics, that can help with colic.

Researchers aren't exactly sure yet what it is that causes colic. There was a time when experts were fairly certain that colic was caused by gastrointestinal discomfort. Indeed, this would seem to be the case very often. It is also thought that colic may be caused by other factors as well, such as overstimulation. Still, many parents who have infants with colic have found help by treating the gastrointestinal tract one way or another.

Probiotics are one product that may help with colic. Probiotics are actually live bacteria that are introduced into a person's system. These bacteria are not harmful, or the sort that will cause infection; rather, these bacteria help the body to do its job. For example, the probiotic L. reuteri Protectis works with the natural environment inside the gastrointestinal tract. This probiotic helps to restore the balance inside your baby's digestive system. These bacteria help the process of digestion. They help the absorption of nutrients. They help to synthesize vitamins. They help with the absorption of minerals. They help to break down carcinogens in the diet. They help the development and the functioning of the immune system. They even help to form a barrier that acts against harmful bacteria, as well as toxins and antigens. Finally, these bacteria in the gut help to protect the body against infections of a variety of types.

By restoring the balance in your baby's digestive system, probiotics can help with colic. In fact, in scientific studies, colicky babies stopped crying as much. One study actually showed that colicky babies given the probiotic L. reuteri Protectis actually cried for as much as an hour and a half less than babies that were not given the probiotic.

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