Probiotics have been found to ease chronic constipation in babies under the age of 1. A study in Italy found a marked improvement in babies treated with probiotic supplements while hospitalised for constipation. Out of 44 babies, half were given doses of probiotic while the other half were given a placebo.
Constipation is fairly common in babies especially during changes of diet – such as breast to formula milk or during weaning. Babies were observed for how often they had a bowel movement, its consistency and their periods of “inconsolable crying”. Those given the probiotic saw an increase in bowel movements suggesting an improvement in their constipation.
However, this was a small study and further research is needed before doctors will consider changing current guidelines.
If you are concerned about your baby’s constipation, try out recommendations to easing the symptoms.