This week a study published in the British Medical Journal, and reported in the Daily Mail, has reported that a strain of bacteria known as Lactobacillus reuteri DSM 17938 is not effective in helping to reduce symptoms of colic in babies.
However here we examine the nature of the study, and its press coverage. The media has a tendency to tar all probiotics with the same brush, without looking at the specific strains used in the trial. Here we discuss the importance of looking at probiotics and their potential benefits - at a strain-specific level.
Naturopath and osteopath Christian Bates also gives his opinion on probiotics for colic, and whether or not they tend to work.
For the full write up please click on the link above.