Probiotics and Reflux

Probiotics are a combination of good and beneficial bacteria that are found in the digestive tract. They aid in the digestion of food as well as helping to strengthen our immune system by killing off foreign bodies entering our bodies.


Up to 80% of your immune system is located in your digestive tract, thus a healthy digestive tract with adequate good bacteria is essential for a healthy life.

Probiotics do not help reflux directly but have been shown to reduce crying time in babies with colicky symptoms. Please see section on colic and probiotics.

Some of the additional benefits of giving your baby probiotics can be found in this article from Click here.


The information in this article was reviewed for medical accuracy by, Paediatrician and Allergy Specialist, Dr Claudia Gray (MBChB (UCT), MRCPCH (London), MScClin Pharm(Surrey), DipPaedNutrition (UK), PostgradDipAllergy (Southampton), Certified Paediatric Allergologist (SA))

Dr Gray works at the allergy clinic at the Red Cross Children's Hospital in Cape Town, and has a private practice at Vincent Pallotti Hospital in Cape Town, contact 021 531 8013.