Could the type of baby food you use prevent cramps? It’s undoubtedly a question that crossed your mind while your baby was once again suffering from tummy cramps. Almost every parent will run into this issue, which often results in crying and inconsolable babies. It’s normal to want to find a solution to this common problem.
Baby food to prevent cramps: does it work?
We won’t hold you in suspense any longer: tummy cramps are pretty much unavoidable – even when using formula, your baby will still get cramps*. There’s nothing you can give your baby that will fully prevent them. However, cramps usually have a cause: baby’s intestines haven’t fully developed yet, resulting in them becoming very sensitive. Eating food upsets their stomach, leading to tummy pain.
This is mostly an issue during your baby’s first couple of weeks, especially the 6 to 8 week period. When those weeks are over, these cramps will slowly fade away. 3 to 4 months later, your baby’s stomach will be sufficiently developed, signifying the end of the dreaded baby cramps.
Happy baby, happy parents
Even though there’s nothing you can give your baby that’ll fully prevent them from getting cramps, there are a couple things you can do to either reduce their intensity or help your baby relax. After all, happy babies lead to happy parents.
- Are you formula feeding your little one*? It’s important to make sure your baby swallows as little air as possible. This can be prevented with the help of special dummies or cramp-preventing bottles, such as anti-colic or S-shaped ones.
- Are your breastfeeding? Eating spicy food, cabbage or beans could contribute to your baby’s cramps. Try to avoid these foods.
- Help your baby relax by hugging them, massaging their belly by gently drawing circles on their stomach or taking a warm bath together.
There is one other thing that could cause tummy cramps: an allergy for cow milk. According to the Dutch Nutrition Centre, this is the most common allergy in babies; however, fortunately only 2 to 3% of babies suffer from this. If you think your baby might be allergic to cow milk, don’t change your routine without consulting your primary care physician or a child healthcare center.
Does your baby have this allergy? There are enough alternatives when it comes to feeding your child. You can continue breastfeeding by choosing to avoid cow milk; if you’re formula feeding, the solution lies in hypoallergenic formula. An allergy to cow milk usually disappears: by the age of 3, 90% of children have outgrown it.
*Breastfeeding is the best way to feed your child.