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Mon, 01-14-2013 - 2:32pm

Doctors don't clearly understand why some babies cry excessively and others don't, but a new study suggests abnormal gut bacteria could play a role.

The research identified a distinct bacterial "signature" in the guts of infants with colic, a term that describes babies who cry for more than three hours a day without a medical reason.

In the first few weeks of life, the research found, colicky babies had higher numbers of bacteria from a group called Proteobacteria in their guts compared to babies without colic. Proteobacteria include bacteria known to produce gas, which may cause pain in infants and lead to crying, said study researcher Carolina de Weerth, a developmental psychologist at Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands.

Anyone have a baby with colic?  How are you coping?  Anything make it better (or worse)?

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Registered: 01-08-2013
In reply to: cmkristy
Mon, 01-14-2013 - 2:49pm

Hi, there are a few things parents can do to help get them through the colicky phase. One idea is to implement the Happiest Baby on the Block techniques, another idea is to ask their pediatrician if they can give their child something call Colif that seems to help many babies in this situation. 

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In reply to: cmkristy
Wed, 01-23-2013 - 1:17pm
I think we are dealing with colic now. My baby girl is about 5 weeks old and we have a good two plus hours of irritability every.single.night. She is just miserable, and in turn we are too! Nursing as much as possible seems to help her a bit. I will really be glad when this ends. :(