Breastfed babies are not exempted from colic. How do breastfed babies get colic? There are several factors that contribute to this.
First is diet, where there are foods nursing mothers should avoid. These foods do not react well on a very young and fragile body, triggering the colic behavior.
- Caffeine – soda, chocolate, coffee and tea.
- Grains and nuts – soy, peanut, wheat and corn.
- Any dish that is spicy.
- Gassy food.
Second is smoking. Colic in breastfed babies can be due to secondhand smoke.
As we all know, aside from the irritability it triggers, secondhand smoke is more dangerous than first hand smoke. Likewise, it takes 95 minutes for half the nicotine to be taken away from the body when you smoke otherwise it gets transmitted to the child through breastfeeding.
Smoking might result to the any of these that in turn causes colic and other serious health issues.
- Milk supply let down.
- Iodine deficiency.
- Sleep disturbance for the baby.
Therefore, the baby’s ability to absorb all the necessary nutrients from the breast milk would be compromised.
Colicky Baby Symptoms
To set the record straight, colic is neither a disease nor a diagnosis rather a term for relatively healthy babies who cry excessively.
There are a few colicky baby symptoms that you may want to take note of:
- Starts the inconsolable crying spell around three weeks old.
- Cries for at least three hours at a stretch.
- Happens at least three days a week and persists for at least three weeks in a row.
- Baby pulls legs up to the tummy, face turns red, clenches the fists and arches back too.
- Most often, the baby cries in the late afternoon or evening.
- The baby will not settle down no matter how much you try – feeding and putting the child to sleep will not do.
Though there are no concrete studies, colic in babies might be caused by these factors:
Babies are oversensitive and to channel the stress caused by the surroundings they do it by (endless) crying. A possible explanation is that once the baby learns to adjust and filter environmental stimuli then they become calm again.
Immature digestive system
The very young digestive system of babies may not break down sustenance completely resulting to gas pain.
Gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD is a result of an infantile lower esophageal sphincter that irritates the esophagus.
This is caused by either the baby’s lactose intolerance or the mother’s diet that transmits through breastfeeding.
So, how to do when baby has colic?
Have no worries as this separate article shows you the colic remedies for infants.