One of my favorite moments after my babies have been born, is their first cry. That cry that is a sign to me, that they are breathing correctly and healthy. Hearing their voice for the first time is amazing and beautiful.
That first cry may be your favorite moment too but when your baby gets older and you don’t know why they are crying and fussing, it can be sad and frustrating. Their first cry is the first of many when your baby has colic.
Colic can be hard for both parent and baby. Long nights and uncontrollable crying without an end in sight, is a day in the life of a colicky baby. It can sometimes even take more than three hours before your baby is finally settled down and peaceful.
Since you are reading this, you are probably looking for something to help your baby with colic. I am proud to announce that we have partnered with Gerber® , to bring you a way that may help your baby with colic. Gerber® has come out with two products to help soothe your baby’s colic symptoms.
Using Probiotics When Your Baby Has Colic
What are probiotics?
Probiotics are live bacteria that helps the digestive system. There are many different strains of probiotics. L. reuteri is the one your wanting to look for when finding the right probiotic for your baby. By giving it to your baby, it may help with the gut health for your little one with colic.
Why use probiotics when your baby has colic?
Probiotics can greatly reduce the time your baby is crying from colic. By adding more good bacteria into their digestive system, their colicky crying time lessens. An added bonus of probiotics, is that it helps build your baby’s immune system.
What probiotics do I give my baby?
Find a probiotic product that is specifically for made for babies. You can either use colic drops like Gerber® Soothe Colic drops or Good Start® Infant Formula. Each have the right amount of probiotics that your baby needs to help decrease their crying time.
Which one do I use?
If you are a breastfeeding mom, then I suggest using the Gerber® Soothe Colic Drops. You simply add a couple drops to your nipple before you start nursing your baby. If you are a pumping mom that bottle feeds, add the drops into their bottle. Remember to always swirl it in and not shake the breastmilk.
It is recommended to use 5 drops per day around the same time of day.
If your baby is fully formula fed or supplement with formula, you can add the colic drops with their formula. Make sure that their milk is not too hot or else it will kill the live probiotics.
You can also change their formula altogether to Gerber® Good Start® Soothe Infant Formula. It has probiotics already in it and does not need to have anything added to it. Just like the drops though, you don’t want to add water that is too hot or else it will kill the live bacteria in the formula.
Gerber Soothe also has a video specifically talking about colic and their probiotics here.
If you have used Gerber® Soothe or other probiotics, I would love to hear other moms experience with giving their baby probiotics while having colic.