Angarad Evans worked as a teacher for 20 years before setting up her own nutritional therapy business in Penarth. She works regularly with parents to get to the root cause of many baby, toddler and childhood ailments.
Her bespoke treatment is designed for each individual and has helped to alleviate colic as well as eczema, constipation in babies, and many ailments associated with toddlers such as asthma, rhinitis, hay fever, glue ear, re – occurring infections, fussy eaters, anxiety and many more.
Mam Cymru is grateful to Angharad for writing this article for us, and we hope it helps those of you who are dealing with the stresses and strains of the dreaded colic.
What Causes Colic? That is The Million Dollar Question!
Intense crying, fist clenching and drawing knees to tummy are far too common signs of colic which affects babies from a few weeks old to 4 or in some cases 6 months old. It’s so distressing for baby and parents!
Burping, bathing and massaging your baby are techniques we all try and the reassuring message is that the problem will eventually pass and there is usually nothing to worry about. If you’re like me, the all-important question remains – What causes it? gas? indigestion? milk allergy? lactose intolerance? immature gut? Nobody actually knows!
Patterns – do you recognise them?
There may not be a definitive answer however there are certain patterns worthy of investigation. Did you know that colic can often be
- followed by eczema in babies 2-3 months old?
- followed by asthma in some pre-school aged children
- followed by rhinitis in some school age children?
Why? Is colic the first sign that the body’s trying to reject something? Is eczema a sign that the body’s trying to rid something? Is runny nose the body throwing out something? If so, then what is ‘something’?
There is no hard and fast rule
What works for you, may or may not, work for someone else. You may have been advised to try a low allergy diet. If it worked, excellent! But what if it didn’t? Where do you go from here?
Onions and Chewing Gum – believe it or not!
Tweaking the mother’s diet is the first natural step. It always helps. Your baby may be reacting to foods which can’t be digested properly? A common culprit is the Brasilia Family: onions, horseradish, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, kale, sprouts, turnip, radish, rapeseed, pak choi. Omitting these foods from the mother’s diet very often sees a big improvement in the baby’s sleep, bowel movement and colic. Do sugar free chewing gum, sugar free squash, artificial sweeteners form a part of your daily diet? Did you know that omitting these can also see improvement?
There is no ‘one pattern fits all’
We’re all different. We all respond differently for very many different reasons. What will work for you?
Breast Feeding or Bottle Feeding = Colic!
Could it be that your baby doesn’t have the ability to digest the milk? The microflora your baby acquires during birth when colonised in the gut has properties which help digest milk. Could this be the answer? Microflora is Mother Nature’s protection. The ‘good gut bacteria’ builds immunity to combat pathogenic bacteria viruses and fungi among many other important functions. Does your baby lack the proper balance of microflora? Breastmilk naturally has probiotics but colic can still be an issue.
The quality of a baby’s microflora quite simply depends on the mother’s flora. Stress, sugar, alcohol, contraceptive pill, antibiotics, steroids depletes microflora. It stands to reason that if the mother doesn’t have the proper balance of microflora then can the baby acquire the proper balance to thrive.
Could taking the correct probiotic help alleviate your baby’s colic? There is no straightforward answer. It could be the answer you’re searching for. It could be gas? indigestion? milk allergy? lactose intolerance? immature gut …
It is the million-dollar question. Nobody actually knows what causes colic. It’s as painful as it is frustrating. It could be one or more or none of these. We’re all so very different.
For more information about Angharad’s work and services for parents please visit her website.
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