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Childhood-diseases

Question
Posted by: Mickey | 2005/12/07

Q.

Colic

What causes colic?

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

The cause is unknown but there is a greater incidence in first born infants.There are many theories for it's cause but none have stood up to scientific investigation. It nearly always goes away by 3 or 4 months.

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C.

Posted by: Purple | 2005/12/09

Schedule feeding.

If your baby is demand fed, then in the evenings when they cluster feed (feed every 45 minutes or so from about 3pm to about 7pm) (they do this to increase your milk supply for the next day) then they are getting the milk they need. If a baby is schedule fed, then by the time it finally gets the feed it is in such a state that it can't suckle properly and doesn't feed well. Cluster feeding goes on until around 12 weeks. They also have a short period of cluster feeding from about 6-8 am.

Some babies seem to get colic like symptoms from discomfort from being over fed - particularly if they are bottle fed (you can't over feed a breastfed baby) and are forced to finish bottles. Bottle fed babys also get colic from sucking in too much air and getting cramps.

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