Causes Colic in Babies

What Causes Colic In Babies

Babies 3 months and younger can experience colic, a condition where the abdomen is hardened and causes pain. The pain results in chronic crying and can be challenging for parents to alleviate symptoms. There may be numerous reasons for baby colic and it can be difficult to identify the culprit(s). A baby cannot tell us what is going on, unfortunately!  This article will address what causes colic in babies and some natural remedies that will help you and your baby to get much-needed relief!

Some common culprits for colic in infants could be allergies to milk or formula. The infant may have food allergies from the food the mother is eating. 

How Do You Know If Your Baby Has Colic?

  • Your baby cries for 3 hours a day and,
  • Cries for at least 3 days a week and,
  • Cries for 3 consecutive weeks

These are a pretty good indicator that your baby is suffering from colic.

What are some other symptoms to look for?

  • Intense crying episodes that follow predictable patterns on a daily basis.
  • Your baby’s crying is inconsolable and doesn’t seem to have a trigger.
  • Your baby may arch their back, clench their fists and make other unusual posture changes.
  • Your baby may recoil at your touch.

Possible Causes Of Colic

  1. Formula – formula fed babies may have a milk intolerance. Switch to a coconut or goat based formula or try a pre digested milk protein formula. Soy formulas should be the last resort. And stay away from any formula containing chemicals or other unknown ingredients.
  2. Mother’s diet – Your baby may be reacting to the food you are eating. If your diet includes moderate amounts of dairy, gluten, corn, soy, peanuts or caffeine try cutting back or even better, eliminating these foods while nursing.  Beans and cruciferous vegetables may be a possible cause of gas. Eliminating them may help.
  3. Baby reflux – the sphincter muscle that separates the stomach from the esophagus can be underdeveloped in babies. This means that undigested food and acid can back up into the esophagus causing burning and pain for your baby. When your baby projectile vomits, is underweight, refuses the breast or bottle, screams while on their back or arches their back as in pain, baby reflux may be the problem.
  4. Parental anxiety – Some babies react to the nervousness of the parents. Make sure you are getting some rest and creating a calm environment for yourself. Mom’s and Dad’s need to take care of themselves both physically and mentally.parental anxiety baby
  5. Anatomical feeding issues – some babies may not be latching on to the breast correctly, they could be lip-tied or tongue-tied.  You may want to consult with a lactation specialist to rule out feeding issues.
  6. Other issues – Some experts blame colic on an immature digestive tract, possible allergies, a developing brain/neurological system or some think it may be due to a baby being overly and easily stimulated.

As you can see, there are many possible reasons for colic that may involve trial and error.  I believe parents know their children best and if you feel that something is wrong, never feel embarrassed to ask for more testing or get the advice of experts. Some parents try chiropractic care for their colicky babies and they find great relief.

Using your own intuition with your baby is important. For example, you may feel in your gut that your baby is having problems latching on and could be hungry. In that case seeking out a lactation expert would be the way to go.

Natural Remedies

  1. For the mother; eat more cooked or steamed vegetables. Consuming these foods tends to reduce gas and bloating in infants.
  2. An elimination diet excluding the foods corn, peanuts, gluten, milk, beans, caffeine, and soy.
  3. Swaddling is a great way to soothe a baby and to help them sleep for longer periods of time. You can try infant swings or wear a baby carrier around your chest.  Infant massage can help. baby massage
  4. Calming herbal teas such as chamomile or lemon balm can be added to the babies formula to help calm according to the University of Maryland Medical Center.
  5. Probiotics have been shown to improve intestinal health in infants. These probiotics feed the good bacteria which can help digestion.

Try Klaire Labs Therabiotic Infant formula:

 

Or Renew Life Ulitmate Flora:

In Conclusion,

Infant colic is a frustrating and upsetting condition for parent and uncomfortable and painful for your baby.  Finding the cause of your babies colic is important.

Colic is usually suspected when there is uninterrupted crying for hours that continues for weeks. Your baby may be underweight and scream while on their back, projectile vomit after feeding or make posture contortions as if in pain.  

There could be other more serious reasons for babies to cry non-stop like ear infections or other illnesses that need to be ruled out before colic is suspected and treated for.

Some simple remedies are probiotics, calming teas, and relaxing activities. An elimination diet for the mom avoiding trigger foods is recommended. 

Please leave a comment, I enjoy hearing from my readers.

Linda is a Certified Functional Health Coach

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6 Ways To Maintain and Get Healthy Gut Flora – A Flat Belly Is The Result!

For every cell that makes you, “you” — there are an estimated 10 microbial cells.  That means you are 10 percent you and 90 percent microbial!  Researchers are now discovering that a healthy and diverse microbiome is responsible for the health and healthy functioning of literally every part of our body.  Gut bacteria is associated with a healthy mind too.  Anxiety and depression are linked to a healthy gut flora. Scientists are focusing on our gut flora to find new therapies for diabetes 1 and 2, and looking at links between our gut bacteria and major diseases plaguing the world today.  When you get and maintain healthy gut flora, not only will you get a flat belly, your health will improve in many ways.


What is Gut Bacteria? 

Our gut bacteria is established in the first one to three years of life.  This makes it critical from birth to the age of three to populate excellent gut flora. Microbes lie within us and on the outside of us.  In fact, researchers believe gut microbiota is an unappreciated ‘organ’.  The human microbiota includes bacteria, fungi, and archaea, the full collection of all the microbes. The human microbiome refers to their genomes. The human microbiome is considered the counterpart to the human genome.  The genes in our microbiome outnumber the genes in our genome by about 100 to 1.  Researchers are turning their attention from the human genome to the microbiome since studies are showing the relationship between our microbiota and our immune system and mental well being.

What is The Role Of Gut Bacteria?

Defenders:  The microbes protect us from pathogens on the outside by just being there.  They occupy the spots that nasty things might try to infiltrate us with to keep us healthy.  Think of a barrier cream that protects our skin from the elements, that is what external microbes can do for us.

Strengthen: The lining of our gut is where 90 percent of our immunity is located.  This mucosal lining needs a healthy and diverse microbiota to keep our immune system strong.  The National Institute of Health states that  “variations in the composition of microbial communities may contribute to chronic health conditions, including diabetes, asthma, obesity, and digestive disorders.”

Train The Immune System:  Immune cells (dendritic cell, DC) line the digestive tract residing within the gut and the gut wall. These cells communicate with T Cells (immune cells) on how to respond to invaders with either an inflammatory response or an all out attack.  Studies show that friendly flora provides the training for these DC cells that results in proper immune response.

Keep Us Slim: Microbiota help us digest food by producing chemicals that regulate metabolism.  A disturbance in the diversity of our microbiota can lead to obesity.  Because of it’s ability to keep bad bacteria in check and inflammation down, bloating, gas and a protruded stomach are reduced leading to a flat belly!

6 Ways to Maintain And Get Healthy Gut Bacteria

  1. Laughing:  Improves intestinal flora by reducing stress.  Studies show that reducing stress increases the levels of important microbes that keep inflammation in check.
  2. Throw out the hand sanitizer:  When we use hand sanitzers and kill germs (microbes), we are also killing beneficial germs (microbes).  This limits our exposure to a wide diversity of microbiota.  A diverse microbiota is critical for our health and mental well-being.  Any disruption can lead to a weakened immune system, leaky gut and a host of autoimmune diseases.
  3. Get Outside:  Bring the outdoors in!  Garden, walk barefoot, lie in the grass or open your windows.  Spend time with dirt.  Allow your body to get in touch with microbes of all kinds. The more microbes, the more  diverse your microbiota, the healthier you will be.probiotics
  4. Take Probiotics Probiotics contain different strains of live organisms which help populate your microbiota.  Your probiotic should contain at least 20 million to 50 million live organisms.  They should also contain Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria.
  5. Eat More Plants: Green leafy plants and vegetables give your microbes something to chew on and feed off of.  This will make them stronger and proliferate more.  Just what you need for a diverse and healthy gut flora!
  6. Reduce the Sugar:  Cutting down on sugar is one of the best ways to maintain gut flora.  Bad bacteria feed off of sugar and they grow and proliferate making the delicate balance of gut flora out of whack.  This leads to inflammation and digestive issues and possibly other diseases.

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Best Kids Probiotics – Don’t Skimp on Quality!

Probiotics are foods or supplements that contain bacteria and change the bacteria balance (microbiome) in the human body.  Taking or eating foods with friendly bacteria, such as yogurt, can boost the helpful (friendly) bacteria to destroy the harmful bacteria in the body.  Probiotics are one of the most important supplements your child can take.  I will review the best kids probiotics in this article so you can make the best decision for the health of your child.

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Believe it or not, your child’s microbiome is not formed in the womb. The gut microflora is established in your child’s first three years of life.  It is critical for your child’s long-term immunity and health to nurture this process and understand it.  It’s not until age four or five that a child has developed enough good bacteria to constitute a developed digestive system.

When children do not have the right balance of gut bacteria, many conditions start appearing as they grow such as colic, allergies, eczema and asthma. This list is not exhaustive either.

Starting a gut healthy program immediately after birth is paramount.  Breastfeeding is the first thing you can do and the best start for the formation of healthy gut bacteria.   Probiotic bacteria are believed to have positive effects on the development of the mucosal immune system in children.  The mucosal lining of our gut is where 70 percent of our immune system stems from and this immunity comes from childhood.  If a poor microbiome is formed in childhood, experts believe this has negative effects on the immunity and overall health of children for the future. A mother’s breast milk drives bacterial components from the mother to her infant. The baby ingests the milk containing the bacterial components and thus contributes to the young infant’s developing immune system. This is called ‘bacterial imprinting’.

What To Do If You Cannot Breastfeed

Try infant probiotic drops.  These can also help with colic, gassiness and stomach discomfort.  This particular brand was studied in Australia and was found to have favorable results for all of the above conditions.

The Best Probiotics To Maintain A Healthy Microbiome In Children

  • Scientists from Ohio State University discovered that toddler’s gut bacteria can affect their overall behavior, temperament, and mood.
  • Studies show that probiotics are modestly effective in preventing antibiotic-associated diarrhea in healthy children.

That said, you want the best probiotics to actually make a difference for your child. You should start a probiotic program as soon as you can. Probiotics need to be pure. This means no artificial sweeteners, fillers, or colors.  Children’s probiotics should contain Lactobacillus, Bifidobacterium, and Streptococcus species.

  • DelPro Probiotics   The Journal of Probiotics and Health reported that Delpro capsules helped children with autism suffering from bowel problems. Generation Rescue, which conducted the study in conjunction with Pure Research Products LLC, shared the results of the study: “Of the 25 respondents … 57% reported a decrease in constipation severity and 52% reported a decrease in diarrhea.”  
  • Garden of Life Raw Probiotics  This formula is specifically designed for kids’ unique needs.  RAW Probiotics Kids  supports probiotic growth, digestive health, and your child’s immune system. Gluten free and safe for kids aged 3 years and older.
  • Number One Nutrition Advanced Probiotic This product is safe for the whole family.  It’s gluten free, vegetarian and a pure product.  It’s also an Amazon.com Best Selling product for diarrhea.
  • Natures Way Primadophilus Sometimes it’s difficult to get a child to take a pill or a chewable, so a powder is an option.   


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Conclusion

Children’s microbiome are formed in the first 3 years of life and how it’s formed is critical to future health.  Making sure your child’s diet is filled with probiotic foods and probiotic supplements when needed are important.  If you have a probiotic supplement that you use for your child, please comment below to share with others.

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Regards for now!