Natural MD Radio: The Colic Survival Guide



Colic is exhausting for baby and you – you’re a new parent with a crying fussy baby, and you just can’t comfort them. It can also can feel really scary if you have no idea what’s going on. If you have a baby with colic,  I hope this episode gives you reassurance, some things you can try to help your baby be more comfortable, and some things that may help you be more comfortable, too.

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“The fact of the matter is that however much your baby is crying, if it’s excessive, it’s one of the most distressing problems that you can have in an otherwise healthy mom and healthy baby.” – Aviva Romm

Show Notes:

  • The definition of colic
  • How much crying is excessive
  • What are the causes of colic
  • The relationship between stress and the gut
  • Why you have to remember that colic is not your fault
  • The research into using probiotics as psychobiotics

“The baby is really doing his or her best to integrate being in a new environment and having a lot of new sensory stimuli.” – Aviva Romm

  • The importance of soothing yourself
  • Why you might try an elimination diet
  • The value of taking a probiotic
  • What herbs can be beneficial: chamomile, fennel, and ginger
  • What physical techniques can be helpful
  • The importance of getting outside

“This is not going to be the last time in your child’s life that your baby or your child or your young adult has pain or stress that you can’t fix.” – Aviva Romm

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Carrie

Just listened to this podcast and while I'm not sure I'm dealing with a colic situation (baby's only 9 days old!), I have a few questions. Are you recommending that the breastfeeding mom take regular probiotics, or that they are given directly to baby? Also, what are your thoughts on gripe water? Finally, is it ok for mom to drink caffeine or better to avoid? Thank you!!

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    aviva

    Hi Carrie, For a colicky baby, give directly to baby. In pregnancy, mommas take. Gripe water is a standard and classic remedy that contains some of the herbs I mentioned -- as long as it doesn't have sugar added, it's totally fine. Better to avoid caffeine if baby is fussy - all depends on how baby tolerates it. :)

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      Daniel

      Dr. Romm, Is there a specific Probiotic you would recommend or what should I look for in an infant probiotic?

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        Megan Liebmann

        Hi Daniel, If you listen into the show at around minute 21, Aviva talks about the products that she typically uses. Warm wishes, Megan- Aviva Romm's Executive Assistant & Functional Health Coach

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Ann Aylward

My now 13 year old was a very colicy baby and he went up to 10 days without pooping which my peditrician said just meant he was utilizing everything in the breast milk (yikes!). He now alternates between a hard-ish stool and loose stools without any identifiable change in diet. He regularly takes a soil based probiotic now but it doesn't seem to have changed his bowel habits. He is known to fairly frequently have gas, too. Do you have any suggestions for how I might help him have a more normal digestive sysytem? He has some dairy but not much--a serving 2-3 times a week.

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    Aviva

    www.healthiestkids.com, try a different probiotic (not soil based), and lots of fiber from veggies and no dairy. also join my gut reset next time it's offered and perhaps follow it with him. a good gut reset program can work wonders! check out books by robynne chutkan - she's a gastroenterologist who has a lot of great guidance to give on creating digestive health. best wishes!

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