SO WHAT TO DO?

Your Baby & Toddler - - Baby Files: Newborn -

Dr Mar­i­nus, af­fec­tion­ately known across South Africa as Dr Colic, has the fol­low­ing tips for treat­ing your baby once colic has been di­ag­nosed:

COR­RECT WIND­ING

Winds that re­main unbroken cre­ate un­nec­es­sary over­stim­u­la­tion within your child and don’t al­low her to re­lax into the deep sleep she re­quires. Break a feed at least once to get one burp out, fol­lowed by some ac­tive burp­ing at the end of the feed.

Don’t give up too quickly. Per­se­vere un­til you find the method that fits you and your baby. Try putting baby flat on her back dur­ing the wind­ing and bi­cy­cle her legs for five to ten sec­onds, as this re­leases gas pock­ets from the dome of the stom­ach.

MED­I­CA­TIONS

The shelves are teem­ing with var­i­ous colic con­coc­tions and in­fant pain re­liev­ing med­i­ca­tions. Most of them, how­ever, are spe­cific and re­late to cer­tain con­di­tions only. Do your re­search on over-the-counter med­i­ca­tions be­fore you buy any and if you’re still un­sure, con­tact your local baby clinic for ad­vice.

When con­sult­ing your pae­di­a­tri­cian, make a note of what med­i­ca­tions do what and how they could pos­si­bly in­ter­act with each other so you know what to ex­pect.

DIET

The lat­est re­search sug­gests that only 15% of breast­fed ba­bies have a re­ac­tion to what their mother eats. Hav­ing said that, if your baby is within this 15% then your diet be­comes ex­tremely im­por­tant. A good rule of thumb is to stay clear of know trou­ble foods such as: dairy, choco­late, citrus, caf­feine, peanuts and leafy greens.

MAN­UAL THER­APY

Man­ual ther­apy, such as chi­ro­prac­tic and cran­iosacral treat­ments, is aimed at re­duc­ing the birth stress on a baby’s spinal joints and mus­cles, and reg­u­lat­ing the nerve flow from the spine to the rest of the body. This al­lows baby to reg­u­late her bod­ily func­tions (in this case the gas­troin­testi­nal tract) more ef­fec­tively.

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