Will my baby not tolerate certain foods?
Another cause of stomach problems that is similar to colic (but does not cause it) is an intolerance or allergies to cow’s milk protein or other foods. If you think that might be the cause of your baby’s problems, then read some things you can try.
Adapt your diet if you are breastfeeding
If you think your baby may be sensitive to something containing your breast milk, talk to your doctor. Try to eliminate dairy products (milk, cheese, yogurt) for a couple of weeks, which is the time it takes the cow’s milk protein to disappear from your milk.
If this does not work, it is advisable to consider whether it is other foods, other than dairy products, that may be affecting your baby. There is a lot of controversy as to which products are problematic (and research on the subject has conflicting results), but the main suspects are as follows:
* Flours, Eggs, Nuts, Fruit, Caffeine, Chocolate …
To detect if any of these foods are affecting your baby, avoid them all for a few days. Then, after a few days, reincorporate these foods one at a time. That will help you see if your baby has any reaction to one food before trying the next one. This process may take some time, but if you eliminate your baby’s prolonged crying episodes, it’s worth it.
Ask if you can change the formula
Keep in mind that formula milk does not usually cause colic, but if your baby cries excessively, it is worth trying with a brand change. Ask your doctor if you can use a formula that contains protein present in partially or extensively hydrolyzed cow’s milk.
Prepare a natural remedy
Parents have treated their babies for colic for generations with natural remedies such as soft herbal teas (especially fennel, dill, anise, mint, and chamomile). You have to be very careful with the doses, so always talk to the specialist and consult first with a trusted herbalist.
Some breastfeeding moms say that when they drink these teas, their babies get better. There is also the Magistral Formula that is prepared by some Pharmacies.