Colic can be a parent’s worst nightmare when it comes to the health of their newborn. Unfortunately, scientists do not know much about the origin of colic, only that it effects your baby’s digestive system and causes your little one pain and discomfort. Doctors suspect that colic can be caused by the baby’s diet. Perhaps the formula isn’t settling well with your baby. Many formulas are soy-based and your baby could be allergic to soy ingredients. If you nurse your newborn, her body may be responding to something you ate. Whatever the case, you and your family need help and support.
One of the best things you can do for you and your baby is to connect with other parents who have had a child with colic. Whether it’s through an online chat or a group that meets in your area; talking to other parents who can understand your vast range of emotions you experience will encourage you and be a source of comfort. You will not feel alone because you know you have people you can call when you’re at your wits end. Your pediatrician may know of a support group in your area.
Right from the start, one of the most important things you can do for your baby is to change her diet. If you are bottle-feeding your baby, try different formulas. If you started out with a soy-based formula, try a dairy-based formula or better yet, an extensively-hydrolyzed formula or an amino acid-based formula. The last two options are more natural than the other formulas and your infant may digest them easier. However, if you are nursing your baby, be more conscious of the foods you eat that could be causing her gas and digestive issues. Some foods you may want to avoid are garlic, caffeine, including chocolate, dairy, and gassy foods such as broccoli and cabbage.
The following are a few tips that you may want to try with your baby:
Colic is stressful and makes parenting and caring for a newborn very challenging, but you and your family can overcome with these tips and support from other parents. The best part is that colic doesn’t last forever, even if it feels like there’s no end in sight at the time. So follow the steps above to help your newborn find relief until it passes.