7 Common Questions About Formula and Colic
Wondering how best to care for your formula-fed baby? Think your infant has colic symptoms? You're not alone! See what our expert has to say about the seven most common formula and colic questions.
6. Can Soy Help Colic?
Can soy formula help our baby’s gas-induced colic? Gas is trapped air within the stomach or intestine. It is produced when a certain food or formula is not being properly digested or can also result from swallowing air (this often happens when a baby sucks inefficiently or swallows air as he cries).
A change in formula assumes that the problem is food/formula-related. If you’ve tried changing to soy and that hasn’t helped, (and if your baby is gaining weight and thriving in every other way), then consider the latter situation.
Does your baby cry a lot? If so, expect some gas afterwards. Does he eat ravenously and gulp a lot of air as he does? Then try to anticipate his hunger (as best you can) and burp him more frequently (after an ounce or two or five minutes on the breast). Sometimes changing the type of nipple helps to even a baby’s sucking, too. Shorter, squat nipples often help.
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