Nothing is worse than a colicky baby, and the worst part is it’s hard to know what to do when your baby is experiencing this pain. This can make most moms feel helpless.
Signs of Colic
The number one sign of colic is uncontrollable crying for no reason and nothing you seem to do will appease the baby. Normally babies cry because they are sleepy, hungry, or upset. Crying due to colic is constant crying for as long as 3 hours in a row. It is high pitched and can be louder than normal. It usually occurs at the same time everyday, but can occur at different times as well. The baby may also start to develop excessive acid reflux which causes projectile like spit-up.
What Causes Colic?
Colic is trapped gas inside of the baby that can’t get out. This can happen with improper burping techniques, but a lot of the time it’s due to the formula and the baby not being able to digest the formula properly leading to excessive gas. In a body that is still developing, formula can be very hard on a newborn’s body. Most of the time babies that develop colic are formula fed and baby formulas are terrible. I encourage you to research what they put in these. Taken from the Natural News.com website,
“Have you ever looked at the ingredients label on a container of baby formula? Oftentimes, there are things in there that we, as adults, shouldn’t even be eating — hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup and cow’s milk, just to name a few. These are ingredients that promote chronic disease, and yet we are feeding them to our very youngest consumers, who have no say in the matter.
Of particular concern in formula is the ingredient manganese, a neurotoxic chemical found in much higher concentrations in baby formula, particularly soy-based formulas, than in breast milk. According to the EWG, soy-based formulas contain about 80 times as much manganese as mother’s milk, while animal-based formulas contain about 30 times more. Elevated manganese levels have been linked to behavioral problems, such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) later in life. Babies are not able to absorb and excrete excess manganese during the first year of life, according to the EWG.
Besides the harmful ingredients we know are in baby formula, there are other, less certain risk factors involved with formula feeding, as well.
For example, chemical and bacterial contaminants can come into play when bottle feeding infants. Mixing powdered infant formula with water from the tap, or even bottled drinking water, can open the door to numerous water contaminants, including chlorine byproducts, pesticides, lead, solvents, arsenic or nitrates from fertilizer runoff. Similar contaminants may also be found on bottles, nipples or even in the formula itself.
Some formulas may contain excessive levels of metals like aluminum, cadmium, lead or worse. The Natural Resources Defense Council reports the following: “In the past, (baby formula) recalls have been ordered because of contamination with substances such as broken glass, fragments of metal and salmonella and other bacteria. The fungal toxin aflatoxin has also been detected in some commercial formulas. Although detected levels were very low, this toxin is known to cause cancer and is not present in breast milk.”
Infant formula is so unhealthy for babies, the Natural Resources Defense Council directly blames aggressive marketing of infant formula in underdeveloped countries for “an epidemic of infant death from malnutrition and diarrheal illness, a result of the contaminated water used to dilute or reconstitute formula.”
It’s disgusting and horrifying the ingredients being used, not to mention the chemical cocktail created when mixed with tap water, and that most of the ingredients are genetically modified. This, of course, is hard for babies to digest so they instantly develop colic and a lot of spit-up. Contrary to your doctor or popular belief, switching to a soy based baby formula will NOT fix the problem and is worse for your baby than the alternate. 99.9% of all soy is genetically modified which means it contains glyphosate which wreaks havoc on the intestines.
If you absolutely cannot breastfeed, I encourage you to find organic breast milk from a mom who is currently breast feeding who has a clean, organic diet or make your own baby formula using the Healthy Home Economist recipe found Here. If neither one of these is possible, there is a good brand of organic baby formula you can buy, but even it can cause colic. Baby’s Only Organic DHA & ARA baby formula is the best baby formula out there right now. It does not contain Hexane, hydrogenated oils, or genetically modified ingredients. Use tap water filtered with a charcoal and flouride filter when mixing the formula. I recommend the Big Berkey. See my review on this under Product Reviews. NEVER microwave plastic, use a baby bottle warmer. I recommend the Philips AVENT bottle warmer.
When I couldn’t breastfeed with my son, I made my own homemade baby formula using the Healthy Home Economist recipe however I could only acquire four gallons of raw cow milk once a month and had to drive two hours just to obtain it. In the state of Iowa, it’s illegal to sell raw cow milk so I had to actually buy a share of a cow from someone who would give me the milk and get my milk that way. I supplemented with breast milk from a trusted friend of mine and then also bought Baby’s Only .
How to Treat Colic and Gas in Infants and Toddlers: There is a seed tea that you can make that will do wonders when treating colic in your baby.
Take 1/2 tsp fennel, 1/2 tsp anise, 1/2 tsp dill seeds to 12 oz of boiling water. Starwest Botanicals has organic, premium quality herbs and they ship fast. I recommend buying from them Here. Let tea steep 10 minutes or till cool, remove the seeds, and give to your infant according to the following directions:
Infants: 1-2 droppers (1 1/2 tsp) every half hour as needed; can also be put into baby bottle
If your baby has colic, don’t do nothing about it. Take steps to help ease the pain and your sanity. Colic is very painful for babies and they don’t have to go through it. I know there are articles out there that say it passes with time, but why go through it at all if you don’t have to? It’s like when people used to tell me to just let my baby cry themselves to sleep at night. Completely unnecessary and it actually hurts the bond between a mother and child, but that’s a completely different blog in and of itself. We all want the best for our little ones. 🙂 Let me know your experiences. Feel free to shoot me a comment below!