Excessive crying and fussing

- alleviate with Bifidobacterium, BB-12®

Child crying and fussing
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Unfortunately, excessive crying and fussing is common in babies and often leads to frustration and sleepless nights for parents. Excessive crying and fussing might be a sign of digestive upset, which may be due to an imbalance in the variety of bacteria present in a baby’s digestive system. Bifidobacterium, BB-12® (hereafter referred to by use of the trademark BB-12®) may support healthy bacterial balance, helping to alleviate excessive crying and fussing. 


Worldwide, up to 25% of babies under 3 months of age cry excessively and fuss.1

Crying, fussing newborns and parental challenges

Becoming a parent and caring for a newborn is an exciting time, it can also be very tough - up to 20% of all babies under 3 months of age are seen by health care professionals due to excessive crying and fussing.2
Crying is normal for newborns, but excessive, constant crying and fussing for long periods may be a sign of digestive upset.1 This can occur without a baby showing any other physical signs of failure to thrive, such as difficulties gaining weight or meeting normal growth milestones. For parents, this can affect quality of life by causing worry, sleepless nights and feelings of frustration, hopelessness and guilt.3
Baby crying and fussing

Health of babies' digestive system

To help the digestive system to work well and healthily, we all need a variety of bacteria. If the amounts of the various bacteria become imbalanced, digestive issues can occur, which may lead to excessive crying and fussing in babies.3, 4

Excessive crying and fussing is one of the main reasons why parents visit health care professionals during their baby’s first three months of life.1

Bifidobacteria are usually found in high amounts in a baby's digestive system

The potential benefits of probiotics are specific to the probiotic strain, with different probiotic strains providing support for different parts of peoples health. Bifidobacteria are a common type of bacteria and are usually found in high amounts in babies and can even help with their digestive issues.6, 7 One such Bifidobacterium is the BB-12® strain by Chr. Hansen. Recent scientific studies suggest that the BB-12® probiotic strain helps support a healthy digestive system in babies.6, 7 

The BB-12® probiotic strain may help calm and soothe babies by supporting a healthy balance of bacteria in the digestive system.7

BB-12® may help reduce excessive crying

In a recent study in which babies were given the BB-12® probiotic strain, the various bacteria in the digestive system became more ideally balanced, with an increase in the quantity of the good bifidobacteria. These babies had fewer episodes of daily crying and they did not cry for as long as babies who did not receive the BB-12® probiotic strain. Specifically, the length of crying episodes reduced by at least half in 80% of babies given the BB-12® probiotic strain, but in babies who did not receive BB-12®, only 33% halved the length of their crying episodes.7
This study suggests that BB-12® may help soothe and lessen excessive crying and fussing in babies by helping restore imbalances in the bacteria of the digestive system.

Consult a health care professional for more information about supporting babies digestive health with BB-12®.

BB-12® is a registered trademark of Chr. Hansen A/S.

The article is provided for informational purposes regarding probiotics and is not meant to suggest that any substance referenced in the article is intended to diagnose, cure, mitigate, treat, or prevent any disease.

Bifidobacterium, BB-12® 

The probiotic strain Bifidobacterium, BB-12® is the world’s most documented probiotic Bifidobacterium. It has been extensively studied and has been associated with benefits for several areas of health.

BB-12® is a trademark of Chr. Hansen A/S

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  2. Alvarez M, St James-Roberts I. Acta Paediatr. 1996;85(4):463-6. (PubMed)
  3. Zeevenhooven J, et al. Nat Rev Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2018;15(8):479-96. (PubMed)
  4. Mayer EA, et al. J Clin Invest. 2015;125(3):926-38. (PubMed)
  5. Jungersen M, et al. Microorganisms. 2014;2(2):92-110. (PubMed)
  6. Fernandez L, et al. Cell Mol Biol. 2013;59(1):31-42. (PubMed)
  7. Nocerino R, et al. Aliment Pharmacol Ther. 2020;51(1):110-20. (PubMed)
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