As the famous Dr. Sears has put it, when explaining about the colic infant, “if you are wondering whether or not you have a colicky baby, you probably don't have one. The colic baby leaves no doubt in the minds of sympathetic caregivers that he is truly in agony."
How Do I Know If My Baby Has Colic?
You know your baby has colic when:
1. Your baby cries more than 3 hours every 24 hours.
2. Your baby cries as much as mentioned above, more than 3 times every week.
3. Your baby does this for more than three weeks at a time.
What Causes Colic?
Some possible causes of colic in infants could be:
• A food allergy: One common food allergen is cow’s milk via Mom’s diet. The cow’s milk proteins are sometimes too difficult for a baby to digest.
This can also cause extra spitting up.
• Lactose overload / foremilk hind-milk imbalance. A baby might be consuming too much of the watery milk at the beginning of a
feed and not enough of the fatty hindmilk towards the end of a feed.
This is common in Moms with oversupply of breast milk. Mom should not
limit the time her baby spends on a particular breast, but let baby decide when he/she
• Unexplained crying that follows the 3 hour, 3 day, 3 week rule above. Crying incidents may occur during certain times of the day, especially in the late afternoons.
• The symptoms of colic are usually worse between 3 and 8 weeks of a baby’s life. The symptoms should be completely gone by 6 months.
• High pitched screaming. Other illnesses should also be investigated.
• Baby’s knees are drawn in towards the tummy area.
• A colic infant’s firsts are usually clenched tight.
• Chiropractic treatments have been found to be very effective, when done over a period of 14 days.
If your baby has true lactose intolerance, you can pump your breast milk and add
lactase supplements to the milk for your baby. Read more about exclusive pumping here. Do not do this, if you are not 100% sure that your baby has lactose intolerance.
• Get as much breastfeeding support and positive influences in your life as possible.
Colic Infant ~ Things to Avoid
Do not switch to formula. Especially not a soy based formula. Breast milk is always best!
If a mother cannot provide enough of her own breast milk, donor breast milk, from a trustworthy source, is the second best choice. Formula should always be the last resort.