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Infant Colic

Does Food Affect Colic?

There does not appear to be any impact on an infant developing colic based on whether they are breastfed or bottle-fed.

Coping With Colic

Parents with a colicky baby likely will feel a number of different emotions, including frustration, anger, helplessness, and depression.
No one will ever question the challenges of dealing with a colicky baby. What you have to do as parents is realize that your infant is not crying on purpose or trying to manipulate you. In fact, they are incapable of doing much of anything intentionally at this point in their young life.
If it ever becomes too much:
  • Share the time spent comforting the crying baby with your partner
  • Accept the offer expressed by friends, neighbors, or family members to help
  • Take that time to regroup -- it will go a long way -- and every extra bit helps
  • Step away.

Are There Long-Term Effects?

The long-term impact of a baby with colic is not exactly known. Researchers have looked at sleep patterns, medical conditions, development, and the parent-child relationship later in life to see if babies with colic show any difference with babies who did not have it. No significant relationship between colic and these factors has been demonstrated later in life.
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