Fewer gut bacteria linked to colic in babies

01/14/2013 | HealthDay News

Babies with colic develop certain gut bacteria later than those without colic, and researchers in the Netherlands said the crying that accompanies the condition may occur because infants lacking those species suffer more pain and inflammation. While researchers suggested the findings could lead to early colic screenings and interventions, other experts stressed that it is too soon to recommend probiotics for parents of new babies, particularly because probiotics can sometimes have harmful effects. The findings appear in the journal Pediatrics.

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