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Almost half of parents in our region worry about their baby's health every day

That's according to a new study, which has focused on the condition known as 'colic'.

Almost half (49%) of parents in the East Midlands worry about their baby's health every single day.

Only 27% of parents said that their baby didn’t experience colic, and over a third (35%) of parents felt anxious and stressed as a result.
Having a colicky baby led to depression in 17% of respondents, with 13% feeling unable to leave the house.
Almost a third (29%) admitted that the experience of colic damaged their relationship with their partner and of those 20% are no longer in a relationship with their partner.

Worry is part and parcel of parenthood, and from the moment a child is born, almost everything becomes a concern.

New research from Probio7 reveals that almost two thirds (63%) of parents worry about their baby’s health every day, with 1 in 5 (19%) admitting to worrying hourly equating to more than 6,000 instances of worry yearly. Of the 1,001 parents surveyed, 36% were most concerned about their baby’s crying, poo, and sleeping habits and 18% of parents even admitted to taking solace in a glass of wine to relieve their worries.

The research also highlighted a difference between genders with 44% of dads surveyed saying they were most concerned by when, why, and how much their babies cry. Conversely, almost 1 in 5 (19%) of mums cited feeding habits as their chief concern. These habits, together with sleep, are all compromised when a child has colic. A colicky baby can be very difficult to manage, particularly when the exact cause of the condition is unknown. Only 27% of parents said that their baby didn’t experience colic, and over a third (35%) of parents felt anxious and stressed as a result. Having a colicky baby led to depression in 17% of respondents, with 13% feeling unable to leave the house. Almost a third (29%) admitted that the experience of colic damaged their relationship with their partner and of those 20% are no longer in a relationship with their partner.

Though the exact cause of colic remains unknown, studies suggest imbalances in the baby’s gut is a contributing factor. Probiotic drops have been clinically proven to reduce the crying time of colicky babies by 68% and can supply friendly bacteria to the intestine, which help to combat the aggravating imbalances contributing to colic.

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