And what is colic in general? Let’s talk about it. It’s interesting.
And, unfortunately, very common. All babies cry, and most of them cry a lot. “A lot” here means that the time you have a newborn baby can turn out to be not as enjoyable and cool as you’ve been told — when a baby cries often, it’s rather stressful both for her and for you.
But before you start worrying about colic, you should make sure it’s really it. You can’t deny the fact that babies are extremely sensitive and they often start crying for no reason (or, at least, we don’t think it’s the reason). Babies cry, they can do it every day, and we can do nothing but accept it.
By the way, there is a great rule which will you help to understand if your baby is colicky (that’s how newborns with colic are called) or not. There are three 3s in this rule, and all you have to do is to answer the following questions:
- Does your baby cry at least every three days a week?
- Does this cry last for at least three hours?
- Did it start at least three weeks ago?
If you have three “yes” — unfortunately, the colic-bingo is hit. But don’t panic, let’s just see what we (and you!) can do about it.
There are actually lots of possible reasons for colic, and therefore, there are lots of ways to cope with it. There are some things you can do right now if your baby is crying, like:
- Cuddle your baby;
- Place her in a sling;
- Massage her;
- Give her a warm bath;
- Put a warm water bottle on her belly (but the water shouldn’t be hot)
- Do everything that can calm her (you are her mother so you know better).
If all these actions don’t help (or if there isn’t a long-term effect), you definitely need something a little more serious than that. Maybe it’s time to change the feeding strategy? Breastfeeding mothers should avoid tea, coffee and stimulants, as well as don’t let babies feel hungry (but without feeding too frequently, of course). If you are not a breastfeeding mother, you should probably think about changing the formula.
What is the best formula for colic babies?
Obviously, the best formula for colic is the one your baby doesn’t cry after. But trying all of them would take years, so here is the list of formulas you should buy in the first place.
Soy formulas — the ones that don’t contain cow’s milk. During the first months, babies can be allergic to the protein in cow’s milk or to the lactose in it. In this case, it can be a great choice to try soy formula for colic baby — they are not much more expensive than the ones with cow milk, but they don’t contain the allergens which can be the reason of your baby cries.
If you don’t think soy formula is the thing your baby needs during the first months of life, you should try hypoallergenic baby formula for colic. Due to the fact soy is another allergen (it’s not as allergenic as cow’s milk but babies are sensitive and even soy can be a problem), it may be a wise choice for you to try a formula, designed for allergic infants (like Nutramigen or Alimentum).
What if a new hypoallergenic colic baby formula doesn’t help? Try a low-lactose formula. Basically, the less lactose is in a formula, the less gassy is your baby, and gases can be the reason of colic. Low-lactose formula can be the best formula for colic baby and you shouldn’t worry about allergy or soy here. But don’t forget to tell your pediatrician before changing the formula — it’s not dangerous, but there may be some nuances you just don’t know about.
Try some other methods if changing a formula didn’t help. And remember — colic doesn’t last forever and by 3 months your baby will most likely be calm.