Baby Colic is a term used to describe uncontrollable crying in an otherwise healthy baby and usually shows up when a baby is around 2-3 weeks old. And Baby Colic is something I’ve read so much about and am so afraid of. As such, I have created a Baby Colic Care Kit to prevent and treat Baby Colic.
Baby Daniel is such an angel except when he is showing signs of colic. :(
Causes of colic in baby include
1) A yet-to-mature digestive system/sensitive digestive system that is unable to process the proteins in breast milk or formula, leading to painful gas
2) Excessive screaming/crying can cause him to swallow a lot of air
3) Intake of excessive air from bottle feeding
4) Mother’s diet in breastfeeding moms (see this chart for a list of foods that may cause air in your baby)
I can’t control #1 but I can control #2, #3, #4.
Symptoms of Baby Colic
For Daniel, he refuses to sleep and has been crying fiercely for the past few days between 9 to 12mn everyday. It is super tiring. The husband comes home from work and we don’t get much couple time cos Daniel needs so much attention. :( And it is very heartbreaking and frustrating to hear him cry the way he does.
His belly is also looking slightly enlarged though I am not 100% sure. He also burps a lot, indicative of how much gas there is!
Treatment for Baby Colic
My Baby Colic Care Kit!
I try to avoid letting him cry too much to avoid letting more AIR into his body. And I have also been watching my diet to ensure I don’t intake any possible gas-causing foods while I am breastfeeding (strictly no garlic!).
Oh yes and the ever famous remedy every mother knows about – use of the Yu Yee Oil. I put 2 drops on my hand and rub it quickly till it heats up and then I will place it gently on my baby’s tummy for a few moments. Do this like 2-3 times around dinner time and your baby will feel better sooner.
I have also bought Colic Drops (you can buy from pharmacy) and I add the recommended dosage into his milk.
But the biggest change I have done since Daniel started showing signs of colic is to change the bottles I have been using.
Yup. It’s always risky to switch bottle teats. And people always says how risky it is to bottle feed & latch at the same time too. All in the name of possible “nipple-confusion”.
But Daniel has been a great boy. Latching & taking a bottle like a champ. And changing to Comotomo is definitely for the better.
Why We Love Comotomo Bottles
♥ Award winner for Best Baby Bottle in the Mother & Baby Awards 2013
♥ Designed for breastfed babies
It’s shape resembles a woman’s breast and prevents nipple confusion and bottle rejection – both of which are very real concerns of a mother. The bottle is also very nice to hold on to because of it’s unique squishy design!
This is what attracted me most. It has a consistent, even-flow with an anti-colic air-vent system (see above) to stop baby from gulping too much air. Gosh this is super perfect for my impatient baby who gulps his milk all the time & my always-distracted husband who never holds the bottle high enough, allowing the baby to suck half AIR and half MILK every time I don’t keep a close watch. -.- Anti-Colic milk bottle FTW!
It’s also leak-free!
♥ Less chance of Bacteria Growth
While researching for which bottle to switch to, I read that Comotomo Bottles are made of medical grade silicone, a natural material that has no open pores to harbour bacteria, unlike plastic bottles which are easily scratched. And scratched bottles results in open pores for bacteria growth.
♥ Super easy cleaning
It has a wide-neck opening (65mm wide) and allows me to really clean this bottle WELL. Great for prevention of fungus, mouth and bacteria growth. My fingers & washing sponge can totally go all the way in.
I’m really glad I changed the bottles. :) Comotomo bottles are pricier than the usual brands but it’s totally worth it. I do want the best I can give to my Baby. Together with all the other colic-preventive measures I am taking, it’s with hope that Daniel will be less angry & uncomfortable soon! :)
More baby feeding-related tips:
- Tips for a successful breastfeeding experience
- UV Steriliser versus Steam Steriliser – which one to choose?
- Hospital Grade Breast Pump for work & for home – my own personal recommendation!
- Check out other Mother & Baby Tips here
Price for 1 pack 150ml bottle: S$28.90
Price for 2 pack 150ml bottle: S$55.90
You can check out more information on these bottles here on PoshBaby.sg