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Articles by Jennifer Simonson, MSN, FNP

Probiotics for the Management of Infantile Colic: A Systematic Review

Simonson, Jennifer; Haglund, Kristin; Weber, Emma; More

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 46(2):88-96, March/April 2021.

Colic is defined as periods of inconsolable crying, fussing or irritability that have no apparent cause and occur in healthy infants under 5 months of age. Although colic is a benign and self-limiting condition, it can be distressing to parents and there are few robust treatment interventions. This systematic review explored the evidence for administration of probiotics to prevent or decrease symptoms of colic. Based on the evidence, probiotics (especially the strain Lactobacillus reuteri DSM 17938) can safely be recommended if parents desire a treatment option for their infants with colic.