Colic is the condition of which a baby cries non-stop. Basically colic is when your baby is uncomfortable & gassy. Colic should not be considered a normal part of your babies life. In most cases if your baby is breastfeed, there is something in your milk that your baby is having a hard time digesting. If your baby is formula fed, she is not tolerating the formula you are giving her.
Gas Is Normal
Gas is very normal & babies should be easily passing gas. When they struggle, you will see your babies belly bloated & hard to the touch. They may draw their legs up tightly or hold their breath in an attempt to "poop". When a baby is constantly experiencing gas, they become colicky.
Quick Ways To Help With Gas
Rubbing your infants tummy in a clockwise motion has help release some gas. A warm bath or even homeopathic colic remedies such as gripe water.
Colic can be worse in some babies more then others. In most cases, it is totally fixable or at least can be reduced. If you are breastfeeding, evaluate what you eat & drink, as everything passes into your breastmilk. If you are bottle feeding, study the ingredients in your formula. If you have tried many different formulas, what do they all have in common? What formula worked better then the other?
It is a fact, humans were not designed to digest cows milk. Some digest it better then others, but a large majority of the population will get uncomfortable cramping when they consume it. There is a difference between lactose intolerance & allergies. Lactose intolerance will be mild pains in your stomach, you may feel nauseated & uncomfortable. An allergy is when you cannot breath or your skin will turn red. For most babies, they will have a mild lactose intolerance (aka Colic). When a baby is experiencing tummy pain, she will often drink more to try and alleviate the pain or refuse the bottle all together.
Formulas For Colic
The worst thing you can do is switch your baby to a soy based formula. There are dozens of reasons why, but we completely highest suggest staying far away from soy based formulas.
Sometimes just switching your baby from one formula to another will be your instant cure. But often times, its not always that easy. For us, our son was extremely colicky, we found that he was unable to tolerate American formulas. Once using Holle European formula, he was able to digest it easier & therefore cried much less. With our daughter, we found she was never as colicky as our son, but the only formula she could truly ever tolerate well was Nanny Care Goat Milk formula.
Unfortunately we cannot personally recommend any formulas sold in the United States as a "easy to digest" formula. Most formulas contain too many ingredients or have certain ingredients are not designed for optimum digestion. Don't believe the labels that say "closet to breastmilk" and do not fall for the DHA/ARA marketing scam. In fact, DHA/ARA is one of the leading causes of diarrhea in infants & should not have ever been approved by the FDA for consumption.
The best rule of thumb is less is best. Trying to find a formula that's got the latest scientific research with the latest thought to be required ingredients will not benefit your child. One that has simple, easy to digest ingredients is the best solution.
European Formulas For Colicky Babies
There is not one formula that fits all. And you may spend a great deal of time & money trying to find the best possible solution for your baby. But once you find that answer, it will all be worth it. European formulas are much better for babies, not just because they carry the highest standards in the world for baby formulas, but because they do not believe in adding unnecessary ingredients to formula. Our children in the USA are subjected to GMO research, preservatives, sugar, for syrup, fertilizers, hormones & even some contain ingredients found in cleaning products.
When you begin to study the ingredients on the label of your baby formula, you will feel the utter disgust that we did when we first starting researching the best formulas in the world. Did you know that many formulas contain a toxic ingredient called Dioxin that is known to cause cancer, diabetes & mess around with your hormones? Or that fluoride is actually added to your babies formula?
Besides the fact we see a lot of scary stuff on the labels, you have to consider how this may be affecting your babies insides. And you may begin to paint a picture on why your baby is having such a hard time with the formula she's on.
Which Formula To Start With
After you have studied your current formula label, try to evaluate what may be causing the problem. This is easier said then done. We always recommend to parents to start out with Holle Cows Milk Formula. Why? Because its basic & easy to quickly discover which ingredients could be making your baby uncomfortable. The only ingredients are milk, maltodextrin & oils. There are some babies who are of course intolerant to milk, others that can be intolerant to corn. But we believe this is a great place to start. If after 3 days your baby is still uncomfortable, consider a goat milk formula such as Nanny Care or a formula with prebiotics that will help with digestion such as Hipp Formula. If your baby is still uncomfortable, consider a formula designed for babies with colic, Hipp Comfort. Hipp Comfort is actually made with hydrolyzed proteins, a special fat blend to aid in digestion & reduced lactose.
Talk To Your Naturopathic Doctor
We cannot encourage you enough to find a naturopathic doctor for your baby. These doctors spend their time looking for fixes vs putting a bandaid on the issue. They will listen to your concerns & help you come up with a better solution to the problem. Appointments will typically be one hour vs 15 minutes & they will want to listen. We have personally had many different doctors for our children & we have found they want to not only label everything, but give you a pill for it too. Their time is limited, their knowledge of nutrition is limited & they are about finding a cure quick & easy without a thought to consequence. Our son's doctor prescribed him anti-reflux medication at age 3 months of age, we said absolutely not. A different doctor tried to push ADHD medication on him at 5 years of age, when he was not even considered to have had ADHD. Always be sure to be your child's best advocate. And find a provider that has their needs at heart.