What is colic?
As many parents know, colic is far more than just crying. The clinical term refers to a condition of inconsolable crying, fussing and irritability in an otherwise healthy baby during the first three months of life. Colic usually appears in the evening, but can be present at other times as well.
What causes colic?
The short answer is: no one really knows for sure. There are probably several causes – psychological, social as well as biological. For example, food allergy and disturbed gut motility (how the stomach and intestines move) have all been discussed as possible explanations. In recent years, the role of the gut microbiota* has come into focus. These microorganisms help us break down and digest food, and keep the immune system in balance. Colicky infants have been seen to have a lower number of a certain type of healthy bacteria in their system, compared to healthy infants.
* Yes, it’s a strange word. It means the microbe population – trillions of microorganisms – that lives in our intestines. Gut flora is another name for it.
Gut motility is how a child’s digestive system works. If the child’s gut motility is not fully developed or disrupted for some reason, this may cause pain and excessive gas and lead to unfortunate and frustrating results:
What can you actually do to make things better?
As said before, research has started to focus more on the importance of the intestinal microorganisms in colic, constipation and regurgitation.
BioGaia® Protectis puts smiles inside
Protectis is a powerful strain of Lactobacillus reuteri that has been shown to maintain gut motility, health and function in infants. This creates the right conditions for a happy tummy and a good gut feeling – a great start to setting a new life in motion.
How to use BioGaia® Protectis baby drops?
BioGaia Protectis baby drops comes in a 5ml container for:
- simple and precise dosage;
- convenient handling and storage
BioGaia Protectis baby drops does not affect breast-feeding or the taste of food. It is completely safe for both infants and children.
Remember: Shake well before use. Use 5 drops daily