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Colic and soy formula for babies

Mar 19, 2008
You don't need to rush out and buy expensive books or medication at the first sign of colic in your baby. There are some simple measures you can take first. However, if colic pains persist in the baby, seek advice from a baby clinic or physician.

Colic is a phrase used to describe unhappy babies. It is not an accurate diagnosis - the symptoms could be due to trapped winds (Intestinal wind and gas), muscle spasms or neurological overload.

Symptoms of colic vary from baby to baby. If your baby has more than 3 of the symptoms below (in the same hour) it probably means your baby has colic:

moaning, restless sleep, clenched fists, cramping, refluxing, grunting, pushing, fretfulness, crying spells, wailing, bloating, groaning, arching, evening, fussiness, greenish stools.

You should avoid feeding the baby with any kind of milk except human breast milk or infant formula milk if your baby is less than two years old. Avoid all kinds of cow's milk or goat's milk. Also, do not give soy milk, rice milk, or any other kind of non-dairy milk to a baby under two, unless it is specifically formulated as infant formula for babies.

To be clear: all kinds of soy milk (as sold in supermarkets and retailers) are unsuitable for babies under two years old. When it comes to soy infant formula, there have been reports that infant soy formula may affect sexual development and fertility as adults if they are given soy formula during their first few months of life. Therefore do your utmost to only give your baby breast milk in the first few months of life.

There is no evidence that soy infant formula is more likely to cause colic compared to formulas that contain whey or casein. Be aware that some infant formulas contain a mix of soy and whey protein.

There are special baby-holding positions and stretching techniques that you can use to give the baby relief from colic. To find out how to do this consult a nurse or doctor that specializes in babies, or look for information in a maternity ward, baby clinic, the Citizens Advice Bureau, a public library, or by searching on internet.

The principal objective of giving the baby stretching and holding exercises is to stimulate the movement of gas and reposition intestines. Also, to relieve pressure on the diaphragm and lumbar spine. At all times you should be gentle and hold the baby safely with plenty of pillow support.
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To find out more about this topic go to Colic and Soy Formula. Here you will also see a sensational report showing why organic milk is so bad for health. See also www.about-milk.info for more fascinating facts.
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