PROBIOTIC L. REUTERI WORKS BETTER THAN SIMETHICONE TO IMPROVE COLIC
A study published in our American Academy of Pediatrics journal showed significant improvement in fussy crying in babies receiving the probiotic Lactobacillus reuteri which is available as BioGaia Probiotic Drops.
At the 28 day mark of taking the probiotics, the average crying time had decreased from 159 minutes a day to 51 minutes a day and 95% of the study participants had significant improvement in crying time.
The simethicone group only had 7% of the participants show improvement.
Here are the details of the study published in PEDIATRICS Vol. 119 No. 1 January 2007
Ninety breastfed colicky infants were assigned randomly to receive either the probiotic L reuteri (108 live bacteria per day) or simethicone (60 mg/day) each day for 28 days. The mothers avoided cow’s milk in their diet. Parents monitored daily crying times and adverse effects by using a questionnaire.
Eighty-three infants completed the trial: 41 in the probiotic group and 42 in the simethicone group. The infants were similar regarding gestational age, birth weight, gender, and crying time at baseline. Daily median crying times in the probiotic and simethicone groups were 159 minutes/day and 177 minutes/day, respectively, on the seventh day and 51 minutes/day and 145 minutes/day on the 28th day. On day 28, 39 patients (95%) were responders in the probiotic group and 3 patients (7%) were responders in the simethicone group. No adverse effects were reported.
The L. Reuteri probiotic drops are available without prescription:
BioGaia ProBiotic Drops Information
Serving Size: 5 drops
25 servings per container
Amount per serving: Lactobacillus reuteri Protectis, 100 million live, active cells*
* Daily Value not established.
Other ingredients: Sunflower oil, medium chain triglyceride oil, silicon dioxide.
Five (5) drops per day or as directed by your health care professional. Shake well before use.
To dispense, tip the bottle at an angle of around 45 degrees and the drops will form slowly. The drops may be given on a spoon or added to any suitable drink or food. After use, tap the bottom of the bottle gently to clear the dispenser. Do not add to hot food or drink as this may damage the live cultures. The drops do not change the taste of food or drink.