Should I give my baby a daily probiotic supplement?

The jury is still out on this one.

By Dr. Ayala Wegman





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Ayala Wegman is a clinical assistant professor in the department of pediatrics at NYU Grossman School of Medicine.  She has two young boys and deeply enjoys caring for her community at NYU-Langone Global Pediatrics on the Upper East Side of Manhattan where she resides. We are proud to introduce Ayala as our All About The Mom resident pediatrician. You will find her advice in our Ask a Doc section.

The jury is still out on this one.

A 2019 Cochrane review of 6 trials found that probiotics are no more effective than placebo at preventing infantile colic, however they may reduce the amount of crying time a baby endures.

Alternatively, there have been some trials that show probiotic usage, specifically L. reuteri can reduce colic in breastfed infants.

Given that there are risks of usage and inconsistencies with studies, the American Academy of Pediatrics cannot form a recommendation on them at this time. The FDA doesn’t regulate supplements and they should not be used in immunocompromised or preterm infants due to risk factors.

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