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Parent trap battle scars: Beating colic

BRIDGET DALLINGER
Last updated 09:30 20/12/2012

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To beat my baby's colic, I made some serious changes to my diet. And it worked.

My baby was crying out in pain, had a very bloated tummy, was pulling her legs up, and twisting and pulling off during a feed.

This started when she was probably two weeks old and escalated badly from there. When she was nine weeks old I finally figured out what it was. She was entirely brestfed at that stage.

I drastically changed my diet, cutting out sugar and making sure I ate a good amount of protein during the day. I eliminated any peas, beans, broccoli, cauliflower, onions, garlic and cabbage from my diet. I eliminated caffeine and chocolate. I went dairy free.

I made sure I kept taking breastfeeding supplements and also added extra magnesium and iron, which are supposed to be essential for gut function.

I also gave my daughter acidophilus powder daily and was religious about burping her.

It sounds a bit drastic but it wasn't too difficult and this completely cured her colic. I continued for probably three months before gradually re-introducing foods.


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