These beneficial bacteria are supposed to help, uh, keep things moving and the immune system functioning well. Gas and constipation are thought to contribute to colic. So it stands to reason that scientists have begun lacinginfant formulas and baby food with the stuff. And an Italian study seems to support the benefits: After a week of being given drops of Lactobacillus reuteri Protectis (a particular probiotic strain), colicky babies' crying time was reduced by 74 percent, compared to a 38 percent dip in the control group.
Why they may work for you: "Probiotics can decrease gas and increase bowel-movement patterns. Clearly, establishing healthy flora early in life and maintaining it is important to one's health," says Leo A. Heitlinger, M.D., a pediatric gastroenterologist in Bethlehem, PA. Ask your pediatrician about trying either probiotic infant drops (like BioGaia Probiotic drops) or a formula with probiotics, such as Nutramigen with Enflora or Gerber Good Start Protect Plus.