Treating Infant Colic by Changing Mom’s Diet

Treating Infant Colic by Changing Mom’s Diet


“Treating Infant Colic
by Changing Mom’s Diet” Colic affects up to 40%
of young infants, characterized by prolonged periods
of inconsolable crying. The condition is often
dismissed as trivial by the medical profession,
but should be treated seriously. It can contribute to
postpartum depression, interfere with breastfeeding, and even lead to the
death of the infant at the hands of a parent
from shaken baby syndrome. They’re not just crybabies. Colic is pain. The medical profession has
a scandalous history not just denying pain
relief to infants, but routinely performing
surgery on infants with minimal or no
anesthesia into the 1980’s. One famous case in 1985
was little Jeffrey Lawson, who underwent open
heart surgery fully awake and conscious. They just gave him a drug to
paralyze him so he wouldn’t squirm, but like a horror
movie he couldn’t move but could feel everything. This wasn’t some rogue surgeon, torturing babies was standard
operating procedure in the 80’s. Not the 1880’s, mind you,
the 1980’s. The liaison between the
American Academy of Pediatrics and the Society of Anesthesiologists commented that the use
of paralyzing agents was a standard and
time-honored technique. The profession has a history
of infant pain denial. They didn’t think
babies could feel pain. Even today, most physicians
don’t use pain-killers or even local anesthesia
for circumcisions, for example, a procedure so traumatic
the babies show stronger pain responses to
vaccinations even months later. The pain of colic,
is thought to be caused by gastrointestinal discomfort,
like intestinal cramping. In my videos on irritable bowel and relaxing the colon
before a colonoscopy I explored the role
of peppermint oil in reducing intestinal spasms, so might it help with colic? A few drops of a peppermint
leaf solution appeared to cut the number of
colicky episodes in half, and reduced daily crying from
three hours to two hours, working just as well as the
leading over-the-counter drug for colic called simethicone. The problem is that simethicone
has been shown to have no benefit for colic, so saying peppermint
is as good as useless isn’t exactly a ringing
endorsement. And the American Academy of Pediatrics warns about the use of
peppermint oil in infants. One study found an herbal
tea preparation to be helpful, but parents have been
cautioned not to use them, not only because tea may interfere
with breastfeeding continuity, but the lack of adequate
industry regulation. For example, star anise tea
is commonly used for colic. Chinese star anise is regarded
as safe and nontoxic, but Japanese star
anise is poisonous. They look identical,
but Japanese star anise contains a potent neurotoxin, and it’s been found contaminating
star anise tea in the U.S., and so we shouldn’t
give it to kids. There’s even a
report of toxicity from a supposed homeopathic
dose of belladonna, also known as
deadly nightshade, that evidently wasn’t homeopathic
enough, and then another. Just because it’s homeopathic doesn’t
necessarily mean it’s safe. It’s no better when doctors
prescribe it though. The drugs used for colic are
made from belladonna too. The drugs may work,
but should not be used because of their
serious side effects. What about just good
old fashioned burping? Burping after feeding is,
after all, commonly advised by pediatricians, nurses
and parenting websites to promote expulsion of gases that
accumulate during feeding with the aim of decreasing
discomfort and crying episodes, but scientific evidence for the
efficacy of burping is lacking, until this 2014 randomized
controlled trial for the prevention of colic
and regurgitation, also known as spitting up,
in healthy infants. So what did they find? Useless for colic, and made
the regurgitation worse. Burped babies spit up twice
as many times as unburped babies! So what’s an
effective treatment? The elimination of
cow’s milk protein, thinking colic may be some
sort of allergic response. Decades ago it was shown
that infants fed cow’s milk developed antibody responses
to the bovine proteins, which may explain why
colic can improve after changing from a
cow’s milk formula to either a hypoallergenic
hydrolyzed protein formula or a soy-based formula. Now, breast fed infants
have similar rates of colic as formula
fed infants, but that might be because breast
milk from milk drinking mothers contains cow’s milk proteins. We know cow’s milk proteins
can pass through breast milk and cause certain serious
allergic reactions, but what about colic? Based on studies of
formula fed infants, colic was already a well-known
symptom of intolerance to cow’s-milk protein
back in the 70’s, so thinking colic in
breast-fed infants may be caused by cow’s-milk
proteins transmitted from mother to infant
via breast milk, they tried a dairy-free diet
for breast-feeding mothers whose infants had colic. Of 19 infants, the colic
disappeared promptly from 13, and in 12 of those 13
they were able to show that they could bring
back the colic by challenging the mothers
with a little dairy. For example, baby boy
develops colic that almost completely
disappears within a day of mom eliminating cow’s milk, and then promptly comes back
when mom went back on dairy. The researches conclude that
the treatment for infantile colic in breast-fed infants is a diet
free of cow’s milk for the mother, a recommendation that
continues to this day.

17 thoughts on “Treating Infant Colic by Changing Mom’s Diet

  1. That makes sense. I had colic as an infant and also dealt with stomach cramping and digestive issues throughout my life that only went away after I went vegan.

  2. I am a breastfeeding mom of a year old boy who had colic when was just 3 weeks old and I used babies magic tea for both of us. It soothed my colicky baby within no time.

  3. Wish I saw this years ago! I breast fed, but had to supplement in the hospital with formula. My daughter was in so much pain.

  4. This is so true! I was a very colicky baby and sure enough later in life have had issues with dairy. My son, was a little bit colicky until I went vegan (he was breastfed) and he has not had problems or spilled at all (from 1mth up until now 19mths). I think a lot of people think of is normal for babies to spill all the time but I disagree. I love your videos, they are so informative 🙂

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  6. Babies magic tea is best for colic and reflux in newborns. Breastfeeding moms can drink this tea to pass it through their breast milk and also babies can get it directly.

  7. For newborns with colic symptoms, babies magic tea is a charm. I have used this for my colicky baby and got him soothed instantly.

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  9. Wait…hold on! IF NOBODY KNOWS WHAT COLIC IS…THEN HOW CAN YOU TREAT IT (never mind how you can call it a "diagnosis")? "Colic," is one of the many coded words that the medical profession uses for: "I don't know what's wrong".

    Of course cow's milk causes trouble in human babies because cow's milk is for cows! But if dairy is the culpret, then why would a VEGAN mother breastfeeding her child suffer a colicky baby? I love the way we are offered a KINDA/SORTA range of possible causes with ZERO bona fide cures. Here in this video we have Dr. So-and-So disputing the findings of the 12 doctors in videos before him.

    My baby has been frantically screaming and flailing for what feels like its whole life. Then, all this doctor has to offer is little more than attitude towards his profession. Honestly, who are these people?

    This is a common Youtube phenomenon (especially when products are being sold) whereby concerned parents are subjected to all kinds of conflicting information.

    Bravo Bravo!!! , Dr. Paranoia!!! APPLAUD! APPLAUD! Now excuse me while I go tend to my screaming child!

  10. I know you're trying to make a point about the pitfalls of the medical community, but it was very hard for me to watch the rest of this video knowing that as late as a decade before I was born, people were operating on babies while fully conscious

  11. When I had my two babies I didn't drink milk but consumed dairy cream and a lot of cheese. 🙁 I was addicted to cheese. They often had earache. Thank God I'm a vegan now and my children will have less problems when they will have theirs.

  12. THIS. Made my blood boil. Simethicone never worked for us! Yet, everyone was prescribing, insisting and recommending it. Oh, those sleepless days and nights. And the stuff was researched decades ago! Noone told this to nurses, doctors. Of course, big pharma and dairy is one industry misleading and confusing everyone. Sick bastards.

  13. wow, thank you for the insight. I have been making dietary changes to prevent colic, please check out my channel if you are interested, check it out! thank you.

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