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Baby Development - 5-6 Weeks Old - Saturday, March 11, 2017

 Baby Development - 5-6 Weeks Old


Babies of this age...
 

  • Will enjoy lying in a bouncing cradle
  • Can often hold their heads up for a short while when they are on their tummies.
  • Love to look at your face, so get up close and cuddly as often as you like!
  • Have you had that first smile yet? If it hasn’t happened already, it will happen soon...

After they are born, babies still naturally curl up in the position they were in the womb - when you hold them, their little legs are often positioned like a frog’s!

 

But by now your baby will be starting to straighten out and lose that new baby look.

 

A bit of “tummy time” each day – when you place your baby tummy-down on a mat or blanket - will help your baby’s neck muscles to develop.

 

Looking after yourself as a new mum

Despite what the tabloids imply, it's not realistic to expect to get your old figure back straightaway, but if you try to eat healthily, walk regularly and remember to do your postnatal and pelvic floor exercises, you’ll soon be a slimmer you. Eating well will also help you handle the stresses of looking after a baby.

 

Breastfeeding is not only great for your baby, but will also help your womb to quickly return to its normal size. (Bonus: it also helps use up the extra fat your body stored during pregnancy.)

 

Postnatal check up

About 6-8 weeks after your baby’s birth you will have your postnatal check – this is just to make sure that you are recovering from the birth and are well.

 

This may involve checking your urine and blood pressure, and examining any stitches you may have had.

 

This is also a chance to ask any questions or to discuss any concerns you have – it may help to write these down beforehand, so you don't forget!

 

Checks for your baby

Your baby will have routine health checks, too. In the first 6 weeks, these include a hearing test and physical examinations (as well as the heel prick or newborn bloodspot test).

 

The hearing test can be carried out in hospital or by a health visitor at home.

 

Your baby will have had a physical examination within 72 hours of birth, and another one is carried out at around 6-8 weeks by your GP, health visitor or paediatrician. This is a general all-over check and includes examination of the eyes, heart, hips and, in boys, testicles.

 

Taking precautions

Your sex life may not be the first thing on your mind, but do remember to use contraception when you start making love again - even if you are breastfeeding, and/or your periods have not yet started again, you can still become pregnant.

 

 

 

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Why choose organic baby milk? - Saturday, March 11, 2017

 Organic formula milks

Why choose organic baby milk?

 

  • Our organic milk formulas - Holle Infant Formula & HiPP Infant Formula contains everything that the other major formula brands do, with the added benefits that come from using organic ingredients
  • These include making sure there are no pesticides used on the farms where the cows graze: babies are known to be more susceptible to the effects of pesticide residues so choosing an organic diet for babies is very important
  • Organic foods are produced much more sustainably; and are more sympathetic to the environment, animal welfare and the world’s resources
  • Our milks are tested for purity at every stage of production 
  • Research shows that babies consuming organic dairy products are less likely to suffer from atopic eczema*

Maybe that’s why 10 out of 10 mums who have changed to our milk range say their baby seems happier †

They are available from our store click here to see the range of organic infant milk formulas.




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




 

 

*Kummeling I et al. British Journal of Nutrition (2008), 99,598-605.

† 99.8% of 515 mums using HiPP Organic who have changed from a different brand agreed either ‘strongly’ (62.5%) or ‘slightly’ (37.3%) with the statement ‘my baby seems happier’. Research conducted July 2013

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Unsuitable Milk Formulas - Saturday, March 11, 2017

 Unsuitable Milk Formulas


Some types of milk just aren't good enough to be your baby's only food.

Here's what to avoid.

 

While your baby is just drinking milk, it's important to choose a milk that will provide everything needed to fuel that rapidly-growing body and brain.

 

Some types of milk just aren’t good enough to be an infant drink, either because they don’t provide your baby with sufficient nutrients, or because they are too processed.

 

  • Ordinary cows’ milk isn't a suitable main drink for babies under the age of 12 months; it contains the wrong balance of nutrients for babies, with very little iron, vitamins A, C or D, and it's higher in saturated fat than formula milk. (However, it’s perfectly fine to use a bit of ordinary cow's milk when you're preparing solid foods for babies over 6 months.)
  • Sheep's or goats' milk are sometimes recommended as alternatives for adults with lactose intolerance, but they're not suitable for babies. If you suspect your baby might be lactose intolerant, ask your health visitor or GP for advice.
  • Soya-based formulas are best avoided unless your GP or health visitor recommends them.

    Soya beans contain phytoestrogens, which are similar to the female hormone oestrogen, and it's possible these plant compounds could affect babies' reproductive development.
  • Evaporated or condensed milk might have been used as a baby milk in our grandmothers’ day, but trust us - these milks are totally unsuitable for feeding your baby.
  • Rice, oat or almond milk might be lovely on your porridge, but again, they don't have anywhere close to the right balance of nutrients for feeding your little one.

 

 

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Caring For Your Baby`s Skin - Saturday, March 11, 2017

 Caring for your baby's skin


Your baby's skin is very different from your own and needs a special type of care as it adapts to the world. It is one of the main ways they experience the world in the first few months, and also protects them from bacteria.

We understand baby skin and can help you keep it beautifully soft.

 

Learn more about what makes your baby’s skin different, how to take care of it and about common problems.

How to bathe your baby


Your baby's first bath is one of those moments every parent remembers – mostly because it can be so daunting!

Newborns are tiny, squirmy and quite slippery when wet, so it's no wonder lots of parents are terrified when it's time to introduce their little one to the water for the first time.




 

How to massage your baby


If you've ever had a massage yourself, you probably know how wonderful they can make you feel.

Massage is just as good for babies – it relaxes and calms them, and helps to promote good sleep patterns, digestion, nerve development and motor skills.

Plus, it's a beautiful way to bond with your little one; the gentle skin-to-skin contact is perfect for helping your baby to feel safe, secure and close to you or your partner.

 

 

Nappy changing


Nappy changes are another one of those things that many new parents find daunting, but the good news is that it's not really so hard.

(And trust us, with the average baby needing more than 4,000 nappy changes between birth and potty training, you're going to get very good at it!) Here's a step-by-step guide – gas mask optional.




 

Nappy rash: what is it and how to cope


Here's an amazing statistic for you: Before your newborn learns to use the potty, you'll have changed his or her nappy around 4,000 times.







 

How often should I bathe my baby?


Many adults bathe daily, but as we've explained earlier, babies' skin is very different to ours, and daily baths aren't usually a good idea – once to three times a week is plenty.







 

Gender specifics: special tips for boys and girls


A lot of what we do to care for our babies is gender-neutral; after all, there are a lot of faces to be wiped, tiny fingers to clean and little, kicking legs to manoeuvre into sleepsuits!

But baby boys and baby girls are different in a few important ways, too.

Here's how to care for each of them properly.


 

How is baby skin different to ours?


In your baby's first months of life, many of the body's most important systems are still developing, and the skin is no exception.







 

Skin conditions: causes and coping


As new parents, we have a completely understandable tendency to marvel over our newborns:

the flawless skin, the rosebud lips, the tiny fingers and even-tinier fingernails. Everything about them seems fresh, new and pretty much perfect.





 

Sun safety for babies


As we've mentioned, babies' skin is a delicate thing – much thinner and more prone to damage than our own.

That means protecting it from the sun is very important – and not just on those occasional hot summer days!






 

Trimming nails


This can be an unexpectedly nerve-wracking task for new parents – after all, those fingers and nails are unbelievably tiny - but keeping your baby's nails short is well worth the time and effort.

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Nutrition During Pregnancy - Saturday, March 11, 2017

 Eat healthily 


Nutrition might seem like a low priority when you have a new baby, but eating well can help give you the energy you need right now.

 

Healthy eating for new parents


For someone so small, your baby will manage to take up a lot of your time, and most parents find that eating well is the very last thing on their minds.

 

If you have to rely more on ready-prepared foods or hastily thrown-together meals for a little while, don’t worry about it – just try to add some organic fruit and vegetable snacks wherever possible to help you stay strong and healthy.

After all, you need plenty of energy and nutrition to help you meet the demands of that new little person you've brought home!

 

Here are the dietary building blocks that will help keep you feeling good:
 

  • Slow-release carbohydrates, like wholemeal bread, porridge, brown rice and pasta, will give you long-term energy and keep you going all day. (Bonus: the fibre they contain will help ward off the dreaded postnatal constipation!)
  • Unsaturated fats, like those found in olive oil and avocadoes, keep you satisfied for longer and are great for healthy skin and hair.
  • Protein from lean meats, lentils, fish and eggs will help your body recover from the stress of childbirth – and if you're breastfeeding, you'll benefit from getting even more of this important nutrient.
  • Fruits and vegetables are essential to make sure you're getting the vitamins and minerals you need – and choosing organic whenever possible is a great idea, particularly if you're breastfeeding.

    Organic foods have to meet strict regulations - no artificial additives, or processing chemicals.

    They're made from naturally good ingredients grown without chemical pesticides, nitrates, growth hormones or other unwanted extras. Best of all, they taste great!

Keep up the fluid intake
 

If you got into the habit of drinking lots of water during your pregnancy, good for you – keep it up now that your baby's here!

 

Drinking plenty of fluids will help your body flush out the extra water you retained during pregnancy, and it's especially important if you're breastfeeding.

After all, that milk is mostly made from the water you drink!

As a rule of thumb, it's a good idea to drink a big glass of water during every feed, and top up with other liquids like soup, juice, milk or tea in between feeds.

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Understanding Reflux - Saturday, March 11, 2017

 Reflux


What goes in, sometimes comes right back out again!

Most babies have some degree of reflux; here's why, and what you can do to help.

 

When it comes to babies, most parents soon find that what goes in... sometimes comes straight back out again.

The real mystery lies in figuring out what sort of up-chuck you're dealing with.

 

Regurgitation or posseting is very common and happens on a daily basis for about 50% of babies. This is the classic baby spit-up: usually shortly after a feed (and if you're really unlucky, right down the back of your clean t-shirt).

Two of the leading baby formula brands that help with reflux are Holle Infant formula & HiPP formula.

 

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Doctors sometimes refer to this as gastro-esophageal reflux (GOR), and it happens because the muscular ring at the bottom of your baby's food pipe (esophagus) is not yet fully developed.

This allows the contents of the stomach to flow back into the food pipe when the stomach is full – which sometimes means a bit of a mess for Mum and Dad.

However, it's not usually a big problem for babies, and most will grow out of it by the time they turn 1.

 

In the meantime, there are a few things you can do to help soothe your baby's reflux:
 

  • Try offering smaller, more frequent feeds so that your baby’s tummy is not as full.
  • Keep your baby in an upright position for about 20 minutes following a feed.
  • Raise the head of the mattress slightly in your baby’s cot (putting a book under the mattress is one way to do this).
  • Wind your baby frequently, both between and after feeds.
  • Try loosening the tabs on your baby’s nappy a bit, so that they put less pressure on a tummy that's full of milk.

However, if your baby is having trouble gaining weight, seems irritable and unhappy after a feed, coughs and wheezes a lot, or is struggling with feeding, it's worth speaking to your GP or paediatrician.

It may mean your baby has gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GORD), a more severe form of reflux, and in this case your GP may recommend treating the problem with medication.

Some of the available treatments include:
 

  • Medications that thicken the stomach contents, making it harder for milk to come back up the esophagus (i.e. Infant Gaviscon)
  • Medicines that reduce the acidity of the stomach contents (i.e. ranitidine and omeprazole) and those that help the stomach empty more quickly (i.e. domperidone)
  • Specialised formula milks – known as pre-thickened or anti-regurgitation (AR) feeds
  • If your doctor thinks your baby's GORD may be associated with Cow’s Milk Protein Allergy, you might be prescribed a hydrolysed formula milk (where the protein in the milk has been broken down).

    If you are breastfeeding, your doctor might ask you to try excluding cow’s milk from your diet for a while (and take a calcium supplement).
  • In very severe cases of GORD where medical treatment is ineffective, your doctor might recommend anti-reflux surgery, but this is rare.

Weaning
 

If your baby has reflux, it's worth paying special attention when it comes time for weaning (it won't be long, trust us!).

Some babies with reflux have a harder time moving on from pureed foods to lumpier textures and finger foods. If this does happen, it's worth getting advice from your GP or health visitor to help your baby adapt to eating foods with more texture.

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Baby Development - 3-4 Weeks Old - Saturday, March 4, 2017

 Baby Development 3-4 weeks old


Babies of this age...

  • Can see to a distance of 20 to 30cm (just the right distance to focus on mummy or daddy's face when being held!) and will stare raptly at faces
  • Already know their parents' voices
  • Sleep a lot - between 16 and 16½ hours in 24, including up to 4 naps per day
  • When being held, babies of this age may make little bobbing or “woodpecker” movements - the first attempts at lifting their heads

Getting enough (or at least some) rest
 

As you've no doubt realised by now, loss of sleep is pretty much the badge of new motherhood. Our advice: let the housework go (or ask someone else to do it!), and take a nap whenever you get the chance.

Encouraging your partner to take a shift bathing, changing, cuddling and playing with your little one can give you more time to rest. Don’t be afraid to ask your mum or a close friend to help you if you are on your own or your partner is not able to be with you.

 

Snack smart – and organic, if you can

For someone so small, your baby will manage to take up a lot of your time.

If you have to rely on ready-prepared foods or hastily thrown-together meals a bit more at the moment, don’t worry about it – just try to add some organic fruit and vegetable snacks wherever possible to help you stay strong and healthy.

 

Body image concerns

You may worry that your body is still looking rather different than it used to – but try to remember that your erstwhile bump is still recovering from the massive (and wonderful) job it just did!

It's fine to do some gentle post-natal exercises once your doctor gives you the go-ahead - but don't feel you need to hit the gym. Simply going out for a daily walk with your baby is one of the best things you can do to benefit you both.

 

Keeping up the fluid intake

Drinking plenty of fluids is also key, and it's especially important if you're breastfeeding. You might like to try organic fruit juices which are refreshing and low in acidity.

 

Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding can take a little time to establish, so don’t lose heart if you are having some difficulty – issues like sore nipples are very common, and often a bit of good advice can help solve the problem. Your midwife, health visitor or breastfeeding counsellor will be happy to listen and help.
 

Breastmilk gives your baby just the right nutrition, plus valuable antibodies, so it's worth persevering if you can manage it.

 

Bottle feeding

If you do plan to switch to bottle feeding at some stage, it pays to give careful thought to your choice of infant formula. Your best bet is to choose one which contains Omega 3 & 6 LCPs and prebiotics (oligosaccharides). Both are found in breastmilk (and, not coincidentally, also found in our Combiotic first infant milk). 

 

Using a bottle
 

If you're breastfeeding, it's best not to introduce your baby to a bottle at all before about 4-6 weeks of age, because it can make breastfeeding more difficult for both of you.

After you've got an established routine, though, you might choose to get your baby used to a bottle for times when someone else needs to give a feed (if you're going out, for example, or going back to work).

 

 

 

 

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Baby Development - 0-2 Weeks Old - Saturday, March 4, 2017

 Baby Development - 0-2 Weeks Old


Babies of this age...

  • Newborn babies instinctively ‘root’ for the nipple in order to feed
  • They can grasp strongly onto your finger or your clothes
  • They have a ‘startle’ reflex, throwing out their arms and legs to the side at a sudden noise or movement
  • If held under the arms with their feet touching a surface, newborns will make stepping movements
  • Newborn babies pass dark, sticky motions at first; this is the ‘meconium’ in their bowels which built up in the womb
  • They quickly learn to recognise their parents

Look after yourself


Your new baby is here at last - congratulations!


Try to rest and make the most of this time when your baby is so tiny. It's a great opportunity to get to know and marvel at this little being who curls up and nestles into you with such trust.

It takes a little while for your body to recover, so don’t be surprised if you feel extra tired and emotional after the birth. You’ll likely feel some pains in your tummy in the first few days as your uterus contracts.

The bloody discharge (‘lochia’) that you have after giving birth can last for up to six weeks. (Note: because your uterus is healing, it's best to use pads and not tampons to deal with the flow).

When you have a moment between breastfeeds and nappy changes, it's a great idea to do a few pelvic floor exercises. (We know, you probably don't feel like doing these straight away, but they really will help you recover from the birth!)

 

Safe sleeping

Believe it or not, newborn babies sleep quite a bit – anywhere between 8 and 18 hours a day! However, their sleep patterns are very different to an adult's, and at first they tend to nap on and off through both day and night.

 

If you've just finished decorating a lovely nursery it might be a tad difficult not to use it straightaway, but in these first weeks it's safer (and more convenient) for your baby to sleep in the same bedroom as you. Try to keep the temperature in the bedroom between 16-20 degrees – not too warm or too cold.

 

Heel prick test

This blood test isn't much fun for babies, but it can be a real lifesaver. Check our A-Z of Health for all the details about this test.

 

Make a note!

If you haven't already, it’s a great idea to jot down a few things you'd like to remember about your birth experience. It’s something you think you will always remember, but actually it’s surprising how quickly you forget, if you don’t write it down. Your child will love reading it one day!

 

 

Bottle feeding

If bottle feeding turns out to be the right choice for you and your baby, don't worry – today's infant formulas are very carefully formulated to give babies just what they need. 

The two best formulas now being sold in the US are Holle organic formula & HiPP organic formula, both these formulas are produced in Europe & are superior to most of the US baby formula brands.

 

When you're choosing a formula milk, however, it's important to choose one which contains Omega 3 & 6 LCPs and prebiotics (oligosaccharides), such as our Combiotic first infant milk.

 

Breastfeeding


There are lots of good reasons to give breastfeeding a go. First, breastmilk gives babies nutrition that’s exactly right, plus valuable antibodies and other protective factors. It contains all the important ingredients your baby needs for healthy development:

proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals. Omega 3 & 6 LCPs and prebiotic compounds are special ingredients also found in breastmilk; LCPs are important for your baby’s development and prebiotics play an important role in maintaining healthy digestion.

Although breastfeeding is a natural process, it isn’t always easy to begin with. Give yourself and your baby time to figure it out, and don't be afraid to ask for help with those first feeds.

Don’t worry if the baby doesn't seem very interested or takes only a few sucks at first.

In these first few days your breasts produce small amounts of a concentrated 'pre-milk' called colostrum, and the baby needs only very tiny amounts of this rich, nourishing food. When your milk ‘comes in’ at around 2-3 days after the birth, your baby's appetite will begin to increase as well.

Babies can lose up to 10 per cent of their bodyweight at first, but they soon start to regain it, getting back to their birthweight by about 10 days old.

 

 

 

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5 A Day For Babies - Saturday, March 4, 2017

 5-a-day for babies


How much fruit and veg does your baby need for a healthy diet?

 

5-a-day for babies


Of course, fruit & vegetables are a staple of your baby's diet during the first stages of weaning, but many parents don’t know how much fruit and veg they should feed their baby once weaning is established.

The good news is, the rule of thumb is still “5-a-day” - it's just the size of the portions that changes.

 

Why do we need 5-a-day?

  • Fruit & vegetables are an essential part of a balanced diet and help to keep us healthy
  • Fruit & vegetables are a good source of vitamins and minerals, including potassium, vitamin C and folate.
  • Fruit & vegetables are also a good source of dietary fibre, which helps maintain a healthy gut and prevent constipation.
  • A diet including plenty of fruit & vegetables helps reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke and some cancers.
  • They taste great, and there's a wide variety to choose from!

Studies have shown that the foods we're given as babies do affect our food choices when we're older, so including 5 different portions of fruit & veg in your baby’s daily diet is one of the best ways you can help give him or her a lifelong love of healthy food.

 

What does a baby portion look like?


The 5-a-day advice for adults is based upon World Health Organisation guidance, which recommends eating at least 400g of fruit & vegetables a day. This means the recommended size for an adult portion of fruit or veg is around 80g.
 

There aren't yet any formal recommendations for baby or toddler portion sizes, so our nutritionist suggests using the following as a guide:

 

  • At stage 1 (around 6 months) one portion = 30g
  • At stage 2 (from 7 months) one portion = 35g
  • At stage 3 (from 10 months) one portion = 40g

The toddler portion sizes we recommend here are based on guidelines issued by the Caroline Walker Trust; we've scaled them down accordingly to suit younger babies.

One portion of fruit juice is 60ml in stage 1, 70ml in stage 2 and 75ml in stage 3. (Remember, juice only counts as one portion per day, no matter how much is drunk.)
 

To get the most from our 5-a-day, we should all be eating a variety of different fruits and vegetables. Each type of fruit or vegetable contains different nutrients, so eating 3 apples isn't as beneficial as eating an apple, some broccoli and a banana.

 

Helping your baby get 5-a-day with HiPP Organic
 

Whether it's a quick and easy meal, a dessert or a snack you're after, most of our HiPP Organic jars and fruit pots contain 1 portion of fruit or veg, and our fruit pouches contain up to 2 portions of fruit.

Better yet, all of our packs have been designed to show how many portions of fruit and veg they contain, making it even easier for you to give your little one the very best. You’ll find this information on the back of the pack, in the heart bullet points.

Take a look at our food and drink pages to find out more.

Foods with the same colour contain similar nutrients, so offering a rainbow of colours will help make sure your little one gets the best possible nutrition.


 

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Everything You Need To Know About Colic - Saturday, March 4, 2017

 Colic


All babies cry - but babies with colic cry a lot, for no obvious reason. Here are the facts about colic, and some tips to help ease the pain.

 

Many parents find that by simply switching from a cheap brand of baby food to a formula like HiPP, can reduce Colic.

 

There are many online testimonials from mothers & fathers that have said that simply switching to HiPPs organic infant formula reduced colic and messy nappies. 

 

If your baby is suffering from colic try HiPPs organic formula. Many mothers in Europe say that HiPP helps reduce colic. You can find our HiPP formula here

 

It's the bane of many parents' existence, and something that's generally spoken about in whispers at mums' groups – but what is the dreaded colic, anyway?

 

All babies cry, of course – it's just a fact of life. But babies with colic cry a lot, for no obvious reason: more than 3 hours a day on 3 or more days a week, for a minimum of 3 weeks.

 

Around 1 in 3 babies will have colic in the first 3 months of life, but thankfully it's usually gone by the time they're 4 to 6 months old.

 

Babies with colic often cry in the late afternoon or evening, and they may show other signs of distress, too: an arched back, clenched fists and a flushed face, sometimes accompanied by drawing their legs up to the tummy.

 

Colic doesn't discriminate: it occurs equally often in breast and bottle fed babies and affects both sexes. Doctors aren't sure precisely what causes these intense tummy upsets, but food allergies or an immature gut may be contributing factors.

Needless to say, colic is very distressing for both your baby and you! This can be quite a testing time as a new parent, but try to remember that the colic is not your fault, and it will pass.

 

It's important to look after yourself, too; if you have friends or family nearby, consider asking them to look after your baby sometimes so that you can get some much-needed rest.

 

Soothing colic

Unfortunately, there's no magic wand that will get rid of colic altogether, but if your baby's distressed, you might want to try some of these strategies.

 

If you're bottle feeding:

  • Try switching to an anti-colic bottle to see if it makes a difference. These bottles are designed to keep your baby from 'gulping' air while feeding, which should help reduce the amount of gas in that tiny tummy.
  • Check the flow rate on the teats you're using. Too large an opening will allow the milk to come out too quickly, and one that's too small might make your baby feel frustrated when feeding and gulp for the milk.
  • Try sitting your baby a bit more upright when feeding to reduce the amount of air that gets swallowed during a feed. (Holding your baby in a less 'scrunched-up' position can also help avoid trapping air inside.)

If you're breastfeeding:

  • Check to make sure your baby is correctly positioned and is 'latched on' well to your breast.
  • Encourage your baby to take a complete feed at each breast. If you're not certain about latching on or how to tell when your baby's finished, you can ask your health visitor for a referral to a local breastfeeding clinic for extra support.

For everyone:

  • Try to time your feeds for maximum serenity. If your baby is very hungry and crying for food, it's likely to lead to gulping air along with the milk.
  • Take your time about burping your baby. It might take a while to get that little belch you're waiting for, but the more gas your baby gets rid of now, the happier your evening is likely to be.
  • A warm bath and a gentle tummy massage can help relax your baby and release any trapped air.

    When massaging use a clockwise motion, moving your hand from left to right across your baby’s abdomen. You can also try positioning your baby across your knees, which will apply gentle pressure on your baby's tummy, and gently rubbing your baby's back.
  • Babies find sucking very soothing, so you might consider trying a dummy to help calm your baby. Other soothing options: ‘white’ noise (such as the noise of a washing machine or hair dryer) and motion (riding in a baby sling or a pram, or going for a drive in the car) often have a calming effect.
  • Some parents try cranial osteopathy, a gentle and non-invasive treatment that one study has shown may help treat symptoms of colic.*
  • Some herbal drinks, such as fennel tea, can have a relaxing effect on the baby's intestine (however, these are not usually recommended until at least 4 months.)
  • Swaddling may make your baby feel more secure and relaxed.

If these strategies aren't helping, it's probably time to consult your GP or

health visitor for some advice. You might be advised to make some changes to your feeding routine to see if that helps.

Doctors suspect an intolerance to cow’s milk protein might cause some cases of colic. If you're breast feeding your baby, your GP might ask you not to eat any dairy products for a week.

If this seems to be helping, you can continue to exclude dairy from your diet until your baby is three months old, but you'll need to take calcium supplements.

 

If excluding dairy doesn't solve the problem, you and your GP might look at eliminating other trigger foods from your diet (such as caffeine, eggs, and citrus fruits). 

It's important that you make these changes with the guidance of your GP; otherwise, you could be missing out on important nutrients that both you and your baby need.

If you're bottle feeding, your GP might advise changing your formula milk to a hydrolysed or partially hydrolysed whey-based formula.

In these specialised formula milks, which are available on prescription, the milk protein has been broken down to help your baby digest it more easily. Another option your GP may recommend is a formula milk that's low in lactose and contains prebiotics.

Many over-the-counter colic remedies are available from the chemist, but we'd advise you to discuss these treatments with your health visitor or your pharmacist before you try them.

 

Getting the support you need
 

There's no doubt about it - colic is painful for everyone involved! As parents, it's difficult to cope when your baby's crying, so getting good guidance and support is crucial. Don't hesitate to ask family and friends for help when you need it, and remember that your GP and health visitor are always there to give advice.

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