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Diet and Gripe Water


Tips for the Breastfeeding Mom

If you breastfeed your baby, using gripe water while making adjustments to your diet can be one way to minimize the amount of colic that is caused by foods that you eat. As you work to uncover which foods are causing your baby’s gassiness and colic, this treatment can help to soothe the worst of the symptoms, giving your baby immediate relief. These tips will help you to effectively manage both your diet and your baby’s colicky symptoms.

Give a dose right before you breastfeed. Use only half of the recommended dosage, and this will give the ingredients a chance to begin soothing your baby’s digestive tract immediately. Once your baby is done nursing, give the remainder to help ensure that the relief lasts as long as possible.

Use gripe water in cycles. Once you’ve eliminated a potential problem food from your diet, it may take a few days or even a week before your baby’s digestion troubles settle. Continue the dosage during this period, and then stop using it for a few days to see if your baby’s colicky symptoms have been reduced by your dietary adjustments. If your baby becomes fussy again after you stop, then the fussiness is likely caused by another culprit.

Give a dose when you can’t avoid a problem food. If you know you will be eating something that may make your baby fussy, and you won’t have time to express the affected milk beforehand, then this treatment may be able to help soothe that fussy tummy and keep your feedings on schedule.

These are just a few of the ways that you can use this treatment to reduce colic while you address your baby’s food sensitivities. By making smart adjustments to the dosing schedule, you can give your baby the maximum amount of relief possible and have a quieter, less fussy baby overall.

These tips are best used in conjunction with a food diary and a colic diary. By documenting your meals and your baby’s corresponding fussiness during or after mealtimes, you may be able to pinpoint an otherwise elusive problem food. Your food diary should include not only what you’ve eaten for the day, but also how much and when. Don’t forget about drinks as well – caffeine, alcohol, or some herbal teas may also affect your baby and should be documented.

Your baby’s colic diary, in order to be most effective in gauging whether or not there is a potential food sensitivity, should follow your baby’s fussiness before, during, and after mealtimes. A spike that occurs before meals, consistently, would indicate that fussiness and colic is likely due to another cause, while colic that repeatedly spikes after certain meals would point towards a potential food issue. If you are using gripe water, then you should document that as well, and make a note of any diminished symptoms and if there is any recurring colic after the treatment is discontinued and the potential problem food is reintroduced into your diet.

Keeping track of mealtimes can be a daunting task, so you may wish to use a spreadsheet or computer form to document each day’s meals. Additionally, you can plan your meals in advance, and simply make day-to-day adjustments to compensate for any variations in the plan itself. Once you’ve started documenting your baby’s colic, and any changes in symptoms, share the results with your baby’s pediatrician to get further insight.

There are also different types of gripe water on the market with different types of ingredients in them. It may well be that one product might not be as efficient as the other, so it will come down to testing the other product if the first doesn’t seem to be helping. As things go, the medical world looks down on the gripe water solution as being completely useless and devoid of any therapeutic value whatsoever, it is important to know.

But this is also true for large portions of medical practitioners who do not believe, for example, that homeopathy has any value whatsoever. Scientific studies have neither been able to prove nor disprove that homeopathy is efficient and this debate has been ongoing for many decades.

All in all, generations of mothers have used gripe water to help calm colic in their babies; it will be up to you to decide whether it is worth trying out. In case of doubt, consult with your doctor, even if sometimes, as in the case of gripe water, he will probably be inclined to refer to it as nothing less than a snake oil solution.

Sources where you can find and buy gripe water:

Baby’s Bliss:

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Colic Calm:

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