One of the most common causes of colic is dairy sensitivity. Although it is uncommon for breastfed babies to react to things their mothers have eaten, it is possible. Many babies tend to have reactions to dairy in the mother’s diet. This is thought to be due to the baby’s immature digestive system being unable to handle dairy proteins and the gas they create. This results in intestinal spasm which cause the baby a great deal of discomfort.
If your baby has been diagnosed with colic, or you suspect colic, one simple way to determine whether or not dairy is the offender is to eliminate dairy from your diet for two weeks. Be sure to look for hidden dairy when you check ingredient labels, such as;
- Sodium Caseinate
If, at the end of two weeks your baby has shown significant improvement, it’s safe to assume dairy may have been the cause of the colic. If at the end of two weeks your baby is still exhibiting signs of colic, it may be due to other foods, or may be completely unrelated to food at all. Some common colic-inducing foods are;
- Artificial Sweeteners
- Beet greens
- Berries (especially strawberries)
- Bok choy
- Brussel sprouts
- Chinese cabbage
- Collard greens
- Garden cress
- Horse radish
- Mustard greens
- Spicey foods
- Swiss chard
- Turnip greens
If your baby continues to have problems, consider any foods;
- That a family member has allergies to.
- That the mother recently ate a large amount of.
- Are new (if baby’s symptoms are new)
- The mother dosen’t like, but is eating anyways.
- The mother craves.
If problems persist, or you feel like nothing is helping, please confer with a lactation consultant who has experience with babies suffering from colic. Sometimes there is no “cure” for colic, but a lactation consultant may be able to help you ensure you are doing everything you can to easy your baby’s symptoms.