Is it safe to give my baby probiotics for colic?

Having a colicky, inconsolable baby can be one of the toughest parts of parenthood. Seeing your newborn cry and scream—without the slightest clue as to how you can help—is enough to make most moms and dads want to curl up and cry right along with the child. Making things worse, science isn’t really sure what causes colic, making a quick and simple treatment hard to find in many cases. “There are a lot of ideas about what makes colicky babies cry like they do, but no one can say for sure what causes it,” says Elizabeth Hait, MD, MPH, of Boston Children’s Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. “For that reason it can sometimes be very hard for doctors to help these newborns, and in turn, their parents.” But, even though there isn’t enough data available to say definitively what causes colic, many of the prime suspects are thought to be gastrointestinal (GI) issues like reflux, constipation and/or poor motility in the baby’s GI tract. So, if a parent wants to avoid colic in her newborn (or reduce already occurring episodes) it stands to reason that she should do all she can to help her child avoid these GI conditions. According to a new study in JAMA Pediatrics, parents can do just that with probiotics. Probiotics are live bacteria found in our gut. These “good bacteria” help digestion, provides nutrients and strengthen our immune system. They’re naturally found in yogurts and sof...
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Abstract This paper will report the findings of an education intervention performed by a workshop aimed to provide pregnant women with knowledge about pregnancy, delivery, breastfeeding and newborn care. A cross-sectional study, using a pre and post-intervention research design, was performed with 105 pregnant women from an obstetric service for a two-year period. Time points (pre and post) were compared using either Student t test and ANOVA. Significance was set at p ≤ 0.05. After the intervention all items increased their level from the three stations: antenatal care (20.4%), labor and delivery (36.8%) and po...
Source: Cadernos de Saude Publica - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tags: Cad Saude Publica Source Type: research
za JP Abstract PRENACEL is a study that incorporates two innovative approaches to maternal and perinatal health: the need to improve women's level of satisfaction with the birthing experience and an assessment of the impacts of information and communication technologies in health. The approaches involve a communication program via short cellphone text messages, developed for Brazilian pregnant women in prenatal care in the Brazilian Unified National Health System. The analysis aims to determine whether the program contributes positively to women's perceived preparedness for childbirth. A randomized cluster trial w...
Source: Cadernos de Saude Publica - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tags: Cad Saude Publica Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS Low maternal 25(OH) D levels are common in southern China. However, low vitamin D status in pregnant women appears to be unrelated to PTB. Measuring vitamin D level alone is therefore not sufficient to predict PTB. PMID: 31617502 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Medical Science Monitor - Category: Research Tags: Med Sci Monit Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 16 October 2019Source: Food ChemistryAuthor(s): Ioanna Mantzourani, Antonia Terpou, Argyro Bekatorou, Athanasios Mallouchos, Athanasios Alexopoulos, Athanasios Kimbaris, Eugenia Bezirtzoglou, Athanasios A. Koutinas, Stavros PlessasAbstractThe recently isolated Lactobacillus paracasei K5 (a potential probiotic) was immobilized on delignified wheat bran (DWB) and was used to produce a functional pomegranate beverage. Fermentations were carried out for 24 h at different pH values (3.3, 3.6, and 3.9), and the fermented juices were stored for 4 weeks at 4°C. In all cases, the immobilized b...
Source: Food Chemistry - Category: Food Science Source Type: research
This appeared last week:Only 15% of healthcare apps meet safety standards, research revealsOnly 15% of healthcare apps meet minimum safety standards, highlighting a “desperate need” for a proper review process, new research has concluded.Andrea Downey – Oct 9, 2019Health app evaluation organisation ORCHA evaluated more than 5,000 apps against 260 performance and compliance factors and found that majority do not meet the minimum safety requirements.Most no tably, 75% of apps aimed at people with blood pressure concerns and 85% of femtech and pregnancy apps do not meet ORCHA’s quality threshold.Liz As...
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AbstractObjectiveTo evaluate the hormonal profile, antral follicle count (AFC) and ovarian response of patients with hypogonadotropic hypogonadism (HH).DesignObservational retrospective cohort including infertile women with HH undergoing assisted reproductive treatment (ART).SettingUniversity-affiliated infertility center.Patient(s)Thirty-three women with HH who underwent ART between January 2007 and September 2018. The control group comprised 66 age-matched counterparts with tubal or male factor infertility. The patients with an abnormal karyotype, and those presenting primary or secondary amenorrhea due to other causes, ...
Source: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics - Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: research
Rationale: Treatment of breast cancer during pregnancy (BCP) remains a challenge to physicians. Surgery and chemotherapy during pregnancy are widely used for the treatment of BCP. Herein, we reported 3 Chinese patients with BCP who underwent chemotherapy during pregnancy and were followed up for adverse effects. Patient concerns: Three female patients (case 1, case 2, and case 3) of 37-, 32-, and 28-year-old with breast masses were enrolled. Case 1 had been pregnant for over 4 months, case 2 over 7 months, and case 3 for 7 months. Ultrasound findings revealed a mass in the left breast in cases 1 and 2 (30 mm &time...
Source: Medicine - Category: Internal Medicine Tags: Research Article: Clinical Case Report Source Type: research
Having a colicky, inconsolable baby can be one of the toughest parts of parenthood. Seeing your newborn cry and scream — without the slightest clue as to how you can help — is enough to make most moms and dads want to curl up and cry right along with the child. Making things worse, science isn’t really sure what causes colic, making a quick and simple treatment hard to find in many cases. “Fussy or colicky babies can be a source of stress for parents, caregivers and doctors,” says Dr. Sonia Ballal, a gastroenterologist atBoston Children’s Hospital. “Right now, we do not completely ...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - Category: Pediatrics Authors: Tags: Parenting colic gastroenterology Gastroesophageal reflux disease probiotics Source Type: news
Discussion Appendicitis results from a closed loop obstruction of a blind-ending tubular structure arising from the cecum. It is a common cause of abdominal pain. It is the most frequent condition leading to emergent abdominal surgery in pediatrics. The combination of obstruction, edema, bacterial overgrowth, increased inflammatory process and increased intraluminal pressure leads to abdominal pain and possibly perforation. Appendicitis occurs in all age groups but is rare in neonates. The peak age is 6-10 years old. Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is an inflammatory disease of the uterus, fallopian tubes and adjacent p...
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Discussion Regurgitation is a passive expulsion of ingested material out of the mouth. It is a normal part of digestion for ruminants such as cows and camels. Nausea is an unpleasant abdominal perception that the person may describe as feeling ill to the stomach, or feeling like he/she is going to vomit. Anorexia is frequently observed. Nausea is usually associated with decreased stomach activity and motility in the small intestine. Parasympathetic activity may be increased causing pale skin, sweating, hypersalivation and possible vasovagal syndrome (hypotension and bradycardia). Retching or dry heaves is when there are sp...
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