Colic is a very distressing time for the baby and caregiver.
Experts have pinned this terrible discomfort some babies
face to causes such as immature digestive and nervous
systems, allergies, hypersensitivities and maternal
anxiety, to name a few. Many theories but nothing conclusive
to support them.
A) Immature gut, immature nervous system - this theory
suggests that since the baby's stomach hasn't handled
food before, it is possible that it is not mature enough
at this juncture. On the other hand, the nervous system
could be ill-prepared at managing everything, including
food that is passed through the gut. Nothing proven
here so it is only a plausible cause.
B) Incorrect feeding - a hungry baby is different from
a colicky one, mainly because a lack of milk will lead
to hunger but not colic. Another finding indicates that
colic is about as common in breast-fed and bottle-fed
babies. There are also suggestions pointing to improper
feeding postures, feeding too fast or too slowly as
contributors to this problem. In few cases making the
'corrections' seems to improve the condition, but not
all. Logically, formula should get in with the least
amount of air to prevent wind build-up. Occasionally
checking the teats, bottles, baby's position and ensuring
the baby is burped will certainly benefit your baby.
C) Anxious parents, anxious babies - parents are sometimes
blamed for transferring their anxiety to their babies.
It can well be the reverse - its the colic that is making
the parents tense. So that will simply translate to
the need of having to take care of yourself and the
baby. Rest assured colic is not a by-product of your
personality. No one really knows why some babies get
it and others don't seem to be bothered by it. It is
a myth to think that colic is brought on by the psychological
state of the mother.
D) Colic occurs within a few minutes to an hour after
feeding and seems to get worse with food. Offer smaller
feedings on a frequent basis (try halving the quantity
and twice as often). Digesting smaller quantities minus
the intestinal discomfort is a welcome.
E) Formula sensitivity ranks high on the list of infant
colic. Seek your doctor's advice especially if there
is a family history. There is a whole range of formula
milk out there but before making a switch of brand try
switching to smaller, frequent feeds first. Maybe the
problem is the lactose overload which can be overcome
with a change in the feeding pattern.