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How to prevent Colic on your baby

Updated: Nov 7, 2023

Here is how i prevented my newborn from having colic pain

Constant crying and stomach discomfort are classic symptoms of colic in babies. The intake of air when breastfeeding or drinking milk from a bottle, consuming meals that generate a lot of gas, of sensitivity to any food or component, can all cause colic in both infants and children.

Because I was the oldest and came from a low-income home, I was responsible for caring for my younger siblings while my mother worked. As awful as this is, I've had to cope with similar situations since I was eight years old and had to learn how to comfort my younger siblings while they were going through awful colic pain.

After researching several strategies , before and during my pregnancy to avoid my infant from experiencing colic discomfort, I can confidently say that my research paid off and I can vouch for the effectiveness of those approaches as my son is now 9 months old and I am so grateful that my son has never suffered from colic pain.

How i prevented colic pain on my infant

Before sharing the goodies, let me point out some of the main reasons for colic in babies

Colic is most commonly caused by an immature digestive system, which is common in newborns up to the age of six months. However, colic can also be caused by:

1- Air intake during the feedings

Most of the time, when a baby is breastfeeding, especially if he doesn't take the breast or bottle correctly or cries a lot, he takes in more air. This can make colic worse because the baby hasn't learned to coordinate his breathing with his swallowing yet.

A lactation lesson before giving birth is essential, as is receiving particular instruction during the early weeks of nursing in order to learn how to latch properly.

In addition, if the infant has a clogged nose due to a poor latch, the flu, or a cold, it is normal for him or her to consume more air, hence raising the risk of colic.

2. Lactose intolerance

Lactose intolerance is one of the most common causes of colics in babies.
Diarrhea, stomach discomfort, and bloating are all signs of lactose intolerance, which normally begin within 30 minutes to two hours of consuming milk.

Lactose intolerance is most common in older children, teenagers, and adults. A woman who is breastfeeding should also stay away from foods that contain milk.

3. Cow's milk allergy

Colic, skin rashes, itching, vomiting, and diarrhea can all be symptoms of a child's allergy to cow's milk protein, which is generally discovered within the first year of life. How can you tell if your infant is allergic to milk?

To avoid allergies, it is essential to offer the infant hypoallergenic or non-allergenic formulas, and if you are breastfeeding, you should avoid cow's milk and its derivatives.

4. The mother's diet

The mother's diet can cause colic in the baby, so it is important to be aware to try to identify foods that cause gas.

Generally, the same foods that cause gas in the mother are also the ones that cause gas in the baby and, therefore, in order to know how the baby is reacting one should be attentive to some signs after feeding, such as a swollen belly, crying, irritation, or difficulty sleeping.
If these signs are evident, the mother should reduce the quantity and divide the consumption of these foods between meals to relieve colic in the baby.

However, if your baby still has colic, it may be necessary to stop consuming these foods for at least the first 3 months of breastfeeding, and then reintroduce them later in small amounts, testing your baby's reaction.

Some of the foods most known to cause these types of effects are:

  • Broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and some other types of vegetables in the cruciferous family;

  • Peppers, cucumbers, and turnips;

  • Beans, chickpeas, broad beans, lentils, and peas;

  • Chocolate.

There are a few different things that may be done to help relieve baby colic, such as

  1. Massage the baby's tummy with circular movements, with the help of a baby oil or moisturizing cream; I personally use Mustella avocato massage oil.

  2. With the baby lying on its tummy, push the little legs toward the abdomen so as to slightly compress the belly;

  3. Make bicycle movements with baby's little legs;

  4. Burp the baby after each feeding;

  5. Give your baby a warm bath;

  6. Putting the baby in skin to skin contact with one of the parents;

  7. A lot of tummy time;

  8. Prefer to breastfeed the baby rather than bottle feed;

  9. Use medications that stimulates the release of gas, such as simethicone drops, but only if recommended by your pediatrician.

To relieve colic, you can put a compress of warm water on the baby's belly, massage the belly with circular movements, and burp the baby after each feeding. If colic does not go away, it is important to consult the pediatrician so that medication can be prescribed to relieve the pain.

These techniques can be used in combination or alone, until you find the one that works best to relieve the baby's colic. When your baby experiences colic it is normal for him to cry a lot. So if he is very irritable, it is important to calm him first by holding him and only then do the techniques indicated to release the gas naturally.

I hope I have helped you. XoXo 😘 , MommyLu.

1 Comment

Dec 13, 2022

Thank you so much, this article helped me a lot, i tried these tips and they worked wonders. ❤️😘

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