Managing Colicky Babies

Got a fussy baby? About 20% of babies suffer from colic¹. Learn more about the possible signs and solutions.

What is colic?

Babies cry, but some babies cry unconsolably for hours. This extreme crying in young babies is called colic. All babies cry, but your baby may have colic if they cry for more than 3 hours a day, at least 3 times a week, for over 3 weeks⁵. Colic usually starts in the first few weeks of life and babies may cry more often in the evening and at night. Colic is difficult, but there are things you can do to help soothe your baby.

If you are worried about your baby's crying, talk to your doctor.

L. reuteri is a soothing probiotic naturally found in breast milk and has been clinically shown to:

  • Reduce crying time in colicky babies²³^
  • Support a healthy and balanced gut flora in your baby's digestive system³
  • Promote regular stools and tummy comfort⁴


Reduced crying time in colicky babies in as little as 1 week²

≥ 3 days/week

≥ 3 days/week

≥ 3 hours/day

Speak to your doctor if your baby’s crying is accompanied by fever, vomiting or diarrhea, if you feel there is a significant change in behaviour or could be due to an injury.

Lots of crying

Clenched hands

Gas, bloating, cramps

Legs drawn to chest

Red Face

Swaddle & side-to-side rocking


White noise

Soothing probiotics


^In breastfed infants.

¹ Vandenplas Y, et al. Prevalence and Health Outcomes of Functional Gastrointestinal Symptoms in Infants From Birth to 12 Months of Age.  J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2015;61(5):531-537.

² Chau K et al. Probiotics for Infartile Colic: A Randorized, Double Blind, Plscebo Controlled Trial Investigating Lactobacilus reuteri DSM 17938. J Pediatr. 2015;166(1):74-78.

³ Savino F et al. Lactobacillus reuteri DGM 17938 in Infantile Colic: a Randomized, Double Blind, Piscebo-Controlled Trial. Pediatrics. 2010;128: e528-e533.

⁴ Concorullo P et al. Lactobacillus reuteri (DSM 17936) in infarits with functional chronic constipation: a double blind, randomized, placebo controlled study. J Pediatr. 2010;157(4):598-602.

⁵HealthLink BC. Colic. September 2023. Accessed February 2023.