Mum’s diet is key to avoiding the terrible colic in the baby. As with pregnancy, the baby’s diet should be as healthy as possible.
We know that the most experienced “guessers” always come up with advice on the tip of their tongue, don’t we? But so that there’s no doubt about what foods to avoid at this time, we’ve created a little list for you!
How to avoid colic in the baby?
Each mother will notice which foods produce colic in her baby, so that she can avoid them in her everyday life. There is no single formula, because each newborn has its own characteristics.
As the digestive system of the little one takes a while to mature, colic is usually present in most babies up to 5 months of age. Even so, some experts say that some foods that mothers eat may contribute to this picture. Check them out:
Lentils, peas, soya, beans and other legumes are foods that can cause a fermentation in the intestine. If the mother’s intestinal flora is half fragile, this process tends to be even greater and may pass to the child through breastfeeding.
Because of this, the ideal is that you reduce the consumption of these foods, especially if they cause you some stomach discomfort, no matter how mild.
Because they require a longer digestion process, red meat is also part of the food that causes colic in the baby. Here, almost the same problem occurs as with legumes: fermentation in the intestine.
But if you love this food, you don’t have to despair! The experts recommend, only the balance on the part of the mothers. So no exaggerating at the Sunday barbecue, okay?
Because cow’s milk contains a protein that is totally different from breast milk, it can cause an adverse reaction in the baby’s body.
Gas formation and increased bowel movements are some of the side effects that eventually result in colic.
For the sadness of many, chocolates can also contribute to the colic in the baby. Thanks to milk proteins and caffeine – present in small amounts in cocoa beans – these substances can have a connection with discomfort.
Although they are recommended as part of a healthy diet, raw vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage and cabbage can pass their characteristics to mother’s milk. The sulphur present in these foods results in increased gases, both in the mother and the baby.
In that case, it’s the caffeine’s fault. That compound doesn’t actually cause the colic. What happens is that, because it is a stimulant, it can make the child even more agitated, making the problem more difficult.
What to eat while breastfeeding
Fruit, vegetables, grains, whole grains and good sources of protein should be consumed frequently. Foods rich in good fats such as chestnuts, nuts, salmon, tuna, sardines, avocados and olive oil are some of the examples to join the diet.
Saturated fats, such as fried foods, and processed foods should be avoided. Oh, and don’t be surprised if you feel hungrier than usual! At this stage, your body is working tirelessly on milk production.
The care here is not to eat too much at once. Therefore, the ideal is to make small snacks in the intervals of the main meals. It is also natural for mothers to feel more thirsty, as hydration is an important part of the breastfeeding process. So don’t forget to drink plenty of water!
How do you know if your baby has a colic?
So that you have no doubts, it is interesting to know the characteristics of colic in the baby. The symptoms include:
- crises of intense crying;
- gases in the time of crying;
- movements involving the shrinking of the legs and the bowing of the back during crying.
Although it is not pleasant to see the child in such pain, know that her health is not at risk. Try to stay calm and remember that in time it will pass. Seek medical help only if the problem persists after six months.
How to relieve?
To try to ease the colic in the baby, warm massages and compresses are very welcome. In addition to feeding mum, some simple care, such as bathing in a bucket (or ofuro) can decrease the incidence.
More lap time, breastfeeding on free demand and the use of sling are also very useful in relieving this discomfort in newborns.
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