In 2014, a study2 ,showed that probiotics help babies against colic. A follow-up study showed that gas-forming proteobacteria dominate in the intestines of flatulent infants. The authors of the study found only a small number of Bifidobacteriae and Lactobacilli in the intestinal flora. Flatulence and colic frequently occur in babies because the natural microbiome is not yet fully developed. According to the study, the development of the intestinal flora can be supported by the administration of probiotics.
But what does that mean to you? Well: Studies like this suggest that a balance among intestinal bacteria helps against flatulence. Although all probiotics support intestinal movement, the type of intestinal bacteria ingested is decisive in fighting too much gas in the intestine. For flatulence, experts specifically recommend Bifidobacterium infantis and Lactobacillus casei Shirota.
But to stop you feeling bloated, you can support your intestinal bacteria not only with probiotics. Just as important are aspects like:
2. Flavia, I. et al (2014): Prophylactic Use of a Probiotic in the Prevention of Colic, Regurgitation, and Functional Constipation. A Randomized Clinical Trial. Jamia Pedriatics 2014;168(3):228-233. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2013.4367 ↩