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Good germs 'useless' as a cure for colic.

Byline: ANDREW GREGORY

PROBIOTICS do not help soothe babies with colic, a report has concluded.

Earlier research had suggested there were benefits to giving infants drops of "good bacteria". But the biggest study yet found that this did not reduce periods of crying or fussing.

Writing in the online British Medical Journal, a team from the University of Melbourne and the city's Royal Children's Hospital said probiotics "did not reduce crying or fussing in infants with colic, nor was it effective in improving infant sleep, maternal mental health, family or infant functioning, or quality of life". Colic is a term used to describe infants who cry a lot but who are otherwise healthy and well fed.

One in five babies are affected but its causes remain unknown.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Apr 2, 2014
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