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Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: pregnant mon | 2007/02/21

Q.

Colic

Good day
Is there in any way that what you eat while you are pregnant can influence whether your baby will be colic or not? A pediatrician once told me not to eat alot of chocolate while I am breastfeeding because it will also cause colic.

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

Your diet during your pregnancy will have no effect on whether your baby has colic or not. The advice about not eating chocolate while you are breast feeding may have some truth as there is a chemical substance in chocolate theat may affect the infant's digestive system.

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Posted by: Shelley | 2007/02/22

There is no studies that have proved that what you eat whilst pregnant can cause your baby to be colic. I know that while breastfeedign its best to avoid onions and chocolate (because apparently it can cause stomach cramps). I avoided all of the above but still had a colic baby. Unfortunately they are just born that way and there's nothing you can do whilst pregnant to avoid it from happening. Think if hot and spicy food had anything to do with it then 99% of India's babies would be colic.

Reply to Shelley
Posted by: Cleo's mommy | 2007/02/21

Dont know if there is a prevention for colic but I have heard that if you eat healthily i.e bland...no curries, fatty food, spicy food, coke, chocolates etc then you should not have a colicky baby ...this advice was given from mothers who have had 2 children...they ate healthly with one and not with the other ...and 1 baby was colicky and the other not

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