Babies’ only form of communication is crying, so it takes the process of elimination to determine what your baby is trying to say. You change their diaper, feed them, and try to put them to sleep just to find that they are still crying.
If your baby’s crying seems to be a mystery, it may be that they are dealing with pain and discomfort from gas or colic. These are silent issues with next to no symptoms visible to parents.
You may be feeling helpless as your baby cries out in discomfort, but there are things you can do to relieve their symptoms as well as prevent future issues – a necessity if your baby is prone to gas and colic.
1. Opt for Breastfeeding
Breastfeeding is no guarantee against gas and colic, but you do reduce the likelihood due to the nature of breastfeeding and the makeup of breast milk.
First of all, you greatly reduce the risk by eliminating the need for bottles. Due to the way bottles work, it is more likely that your baby may swallow air while they feed from a bottle that will cause air and gas to build up in their digestive system.
Breast milk is also much easier to digest than formula. As such, the chances of gas building up is drastically reduced. Plus, the physical contact with mom works wonder for easing the fussiness that comes with colic.