In some instances, when the baby’s colic is related to gas pains caused by the nursing mother’s diet or the formula, colic may be prevented.
Try the following preventive measures:
- If you are nursing, make note of whether your baby is colicky after you eat certain foods, so that you can avoid them.
- Foods that frequently cause the problem include cabbage, onions, garlic, broccoli and turnips, and the caffeine in coffee, tea, chocolate and cocoa.
- For a colicky bottle-fed baby, switch to a formula without cow’s milk.
- Try feeding your infant smaller amounts more often.
- Always burp your baby after a feeding.
When the Doctor Should Intervene
- If your baby has not had colic before and begins to act colicky. Your doctor will want to rule out any illness.
- If the colic gets worse.
- If your baby is older than 3 months and is still colicky.
- If your colicky baby is not hungry and is not gaining weight.