Up All Night – Newborn Symptoms

Over the years we’ve seen numerous women throughout and following their pregnancy.  Many of these women bring their newborns in for treatment as well.  As we check in with mom we always check in to see how their babies are doing.  Are they sleeping enough?  Are their cries satisfied with changing or being fed? Are they pooping enough or too much?

As simple as these questions are, there are many times the answers are no to more than one of the above questions.  When a baby is struggling, the first question has to lead to diet of baby and mom.  If our patient is breast feeding, then we need to address her diet to find out where the babies distress is coming from.  

There are many foods that infants prove to be sensitive to causing symptoms such as colic, sleeping difficulties, diarrhea, constipation, digestive distress and gas.  Every patient is different, but the first foods to remove from the diet include:

  • Beans
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Caffeine
  • Chocolate
  • Citrus
  • Cow’s Milk (Including byproducts)
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Nuts
  • Garlic
  • Onions
  • Wheat

Step one is to review the list and see what the breastfeeding mother might be eating on a regular basis.  This may be daily, or a few times each week.  Try to cut those foods out for a week and see if the babies symptoms improve.  Sometimes it is as easy as a diet change and the colic, crying and constant distress is solved!

When a baby is formula fed and has the same types of symptoms, it is time to address the formula.  Goat milk has proven to be the top substitute since it is the closest to human milk.  This is very easy to digest as long as the goat milk is certified  “free of BGH and antibiotics”.  There are of course other options that we would review with the family on a case by case basis.

It is important to have babies with any type of symptom evaluated by a trusted health professional to find the most appropriate and natural solutions for the babies symptoms as to not add toxins to their systems.  If you or someone you know is noticing these types of symptoms with their newborns, do not hesitate to have them contact our office with questions.

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