Colic, characterised by prolonged periods of inconsolable crying, affects up to 40 percent of young infants worldwide. The condition is often dismissed as trivial, but I believe it should be treated seriously. Colic can contribute to postpartum depression and interfere with breastfeeding.
Colic is pain. These babies aren’t just crying for no reason.
I believe in treating colic from a level of CAUSE. What is the cause and what can we do about it?
Infant Colic - What’s The Cause?
Infacol Doesn’t Treat The Cause
Infacol drops tend to be the preferred solution for colic, with the active ingredient ‘Simeticone’ which acts as an anti-foaming agent so helps to reduce gas bubbles in the stomach, However, why are we not asking why the gas bubbles are there in the first place?
99% of my clients report Infacol did initially help but then the symptoms re-appeared.
This is because we didn’t treat the cause, we just masked the symptoms with Infacol.
Colic – What Is It?
Colic is thought to be caused by stomach cramping and it said to remain a mystery.
I looked up the definition of colic and the dictionary says:
Dictionary: Severe pain in the abdomen caused by wind or obstruction in the intestines and suffered especially by babies.
I am a WHY person. I want to know why? Don’t you?
So I googled it…
It’s not known exactly what causes some babies to get colic. But it may be because babies find it harder to digest food when they’re young.
Or they may be crying because they have problems with food allergies such as cows’ milk allergy.
I couldn’t agree more.
The Cause of Colic
From my experience, colic in breastfed or bottle-fed babies is because of cow’s milk.
Dairy can transfer from the breastfeeding mother to the baby and cause issues.
Similarly, formula milk, because these are based on milk from another animal (cow, goat, sheep etc) tend to cause issues such as colic, reflux, vomiting, diarrhoea, eczema, rash etc.
The protein in cow’s milk is essentially the problem. It is a very large molecule and the composition is very different from human milk.
Cow’s Milk Protein
The protein in animal and human milk can be divided into two main components:
Casein and Whey
Human milk contains the above protein in a ratio of 40:60 respectively; while in cow’s milk the ratio of casein to whey proteins is 80:20. Given that the amount of total protein in animal milk is more than double that of human milk, animal milk clearly contains considerably more casein than human milk. It is the high casein content in animal milk which can be difficult to digest for most children and adults.
- Breastfeeding mammas: A dairy free diet may help. Ensure you seek professional advice first.
- If you are formula feeding your baby then you may need to change to formula milk to formula milk without dairy. Your doctor or dietitian can help you with that. These formula milk are on prescription only. I can assist you with this immediately. Just contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07825750050 (country code +44). I take clients from all over the world.
Please note that this information neither is medical advice, nor is it meant to replace the advice of your doctor or dietitian and I assume no liability for the use or misuse of this information.