Is colic affected by diet?
Put simply, colic is when a baby cries excessively for an extensive period of time. Colic is not just something your baby has to deal with. It affects the whole household, sometimes also friends and extended family. One in every five babies will develop colic, though medically it is still a bit of a question mark. Healthcare professionals can diagnose it, though that is about the limit of what they can do to help your bub.
There are many assumptions made about colic that fly around the parenting network. However, every baby is different. A trigger for one baby may be completely irrelevant for another. A common thought is that colic is caused, or at least influenced, by diet. It can be hard to know what and what not to feed your bub because of the different experiences each family has. So we’ve simplified the details for you...
Should I change my baby’s diet if he/she has colic?
If you change your baby’s diet it is possible that they will still show symptoms of colic. Since there is no known cause of colic, cutting out or adding certain foods may not make a difference.
Should I change my diet if my baby has colic?
Sometimes parents notice differences in their baby’s behaviour after Mum has eaten something specific. If this happens it may be worth steering clear of that food whilst breastfeeding. Some foods people avoid are dairy, nuts, caffeine, eggs and wheat. These foods are all common allergens. If either parent suffers (or has suffered in the past) from an allergy or intolerance, consult a healthcare professional regarding consumption. If you don’t breastfeed your baby then there is no need to change your own diet.
Are the symptoms of colic and lactose intolerance the same?
Some of the signs of colic are similar to those symptomatic of lactose intolerance. Lactose intolerance is mainly characterised by bloating, gas build up, loose stools and vomiting. It is often mistakenly diagnosed as colic, and vice versa. So it is important to monitor all of your baby’s symptoms if you suspect either condition.
As a parent, you want to do what is best for your baby. Even though Mum and Dad normally know best, it is wise to consult with your paediatrician or GP before making any major dietary changes. However, at Brauer, we understand you might not be specifically looking for healthcare advice. Sometimes we just want some answers and a little guidance. Our Parenting Naturally blogs are full of helpful information about bubs and parenthood. You can browse our collection of articles by clicking here.
Colic affects all babies in a variety of ways. Not every colicky baby will behave the same as every baby is unique. Symptoms may arise in different orders, have different severities, for differing amounts of time. At Brauer, we understand that keeping track of all threatening symptoms and behaviours can be difficult. Parents - especially new parents - are already so busy being a Mum or Dad. But if you’re looking for more information on colic or colic relief, have a read of our blog on The 5 Signs of Colic so you know what to keep an eye out for.