Some people have problems digesting milk protein or milk sugar (lactose intolerance). But these problems are very rare in babies. Until your doctor can evaluate your baby, it is usually not advisable to switch formula or stop breast-feeding as a means to remedy suspected food digestion problems.
Research shows that a vast majority of babies diagnosed with colic do not have health problems that affect digestion.1 But many things can cause some degree of abdominal gas, which can make crying worse.
If your child's doctor suggests medicine to reduce gas, use it exactly as prescribed.
- Overby KJ (2003). Crying and colic section of Pediatric health supervision. In CD Rudolph et al., eds., Rudolph's Pediatrics, 21st ed., pp. 34–35. New York: McGraw-Hill.
- Canadian Paediatric Society, Dietitians of Canada, and Health Canada (1998; updated 2007). Nutrition for healthy term infants. Available online: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/pubs/infant-nourrisson/nut_infant_nourrisson_term_e.html.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||John Pope, MD - Pediatrics|
|Primary Medical Reviewer||Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Thomas Emmett Francoeur, MD, MDCM, CSPQ, FRCPC - Pediatrics|
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