There is no simple answer as to how to best treat colic. No one single approach works for all babies. In fact, healthcare providers will often recommend that a family try one or several different remedies in order to deal with a colicky baby. One of these strategies includes dietary changes for the relief of colic. Dietary changes that may help relieve symptoms include:
- If bottle-feeding, change from cow's milk to a soy-based or low-allergy (hypoallergenic) formula, such as whey hydrolysate (Nestle® GoodStart®) or casein hydrolysate formula (Nutramigen®, Pregestimil®, and Alimentum®).
If symptoms do not improve within a week of switching, you can return back to the original formula. Talk to your healthcare provider about the specific formula he or she recommends.
- If you are breastfeeding, eliminate potentially aggravating foods from your diet, including milk-based products, eggs, wheat, and nuts. Remove a single type of food each week to see if there is an improvement. If there is no improvement, you can restart that food.
Switching from breastfeeding to bottle-feeding has no impact.
- Feed your infant in an upright position with frequent burping. Also use a curved bottle, collapsible bag, or another type of nipple or bottle designed to decrease the amount of air swallowed during feeding.
(Click Colic Treatment for more information. Dietary changes, as this article explains, may help to relieve some of the symptoms of colic in babies.)