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Colic: Baby Turns Colicky After Feeds

Question:

I have a four-week-old baby boy who is breastfed. He shows signs of colic and sounds pained after each feed, even though I burp him both during and after the feed. What can be causing him to be so colicky?


Many babies an estimated one in four, in fact start showing symptoms of colic when they turn two weeks old, peak four to six weeks later, and taper off at around three months.

It is still a mystery why some babies are more prone to colicky behavior than others, and even though colicky babies may look and sound pained, experts say they are not. In fact, according to pediatricians, only a minority of colicky babies truly have digestive problems with formula and breast milk.

But since you describe your baby as being especially colicky after each feed, you might want to consider altering your diet to rule out the possibility that he may be allergic to something in your breast milk.

A study published in the American Academy of Pediatrics Journal found that nursing mothers who stopped eating allergenic foods cow's milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, soy and fish had babies whose colic lessened.

If you do decide to change your diet, it would be wise to discuss it with your doctor first before you start eliminating allergenic foods from your diet. For example, if you want to see if dairy products are causing your baby's discomfort, you will need to eliminate all dairy from your diet for at least one week. And if your baby experiences less discomfort following feeds, I would recommend eliminating dairy products from your diet.

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