Although doctors and parents have been trying to find out the true source of colic for many, many years, there has yet to be a confirmed answer as to why some babies cry non-stop and sleep poorly when they are very young. However, there is a new study out that may help some frustrated pediatricians and sleep deprived parents start to rest a little easier.
The new study found that colicky babies have a higher number of bacteria called Proteobacteria in their intestine than babies without colic. This bacteria can cause painful gas, according to study researcher Carolina de Weerth, a developmental psychologist at Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands, which will ultimately lead to crying since babies have no other way to let mom and dad know they have a tummy ache.
Babies that are known to have colic also tend to have less of the bacteria that has anti-inflammatory agents, which can cause pain and inflammation when low or not present, according to de Weerth. The new study only examined 24 total babies (12 colicky, 12 normal) so there is still much research still to done, but once more information is known, medications may be made available to help babies that suffer from the imbalance. Also, there may be testing to help redetermine if a baby will be more colic-prone so that treatments and preventative measures can begin sooner. Hopefully this is a step in the right direction so that moms and babies can begin to rest.
Do you think colic is caused by an imbalance in bacteria in a baby’s gut? Have you ever had a colicky baby? Share some tricks for calming baby down.