If you’re a first-time parent unaccustomed to dealing with
crying baby, just imagine caring for a baby suffering from
colic - inconsolable bouts of crying lasting for three hours
or more, three or more days a week for three weeks or more.
Other symptoms associated with infantile colic include facial
flushing, abdominal distention, and gastrointestinal difficulties.
Cow’s milk has been suspected as a culprit in infantile colic.
In a study designed to investigate whether alternative formulas
may help ease colic, 43 colicky infants received standard
formula milk or whey formula (made from a byproduct of cheese
manufacturing) for one week, with improvements documented
at 10-minute intervals around the clock. Results showed that
infants receiving whey formula cried an average of 63 minutes
less per day than infants receiving standard formula, leading
the authors to conclude: “Substitution of cow’s milk formula
by an extensively hydrolyzed whey formula is effective in
the treatment of infantile colic.”
If you have a healthy newborn showing any of the symptoms
of colic, talk to your doctor about possible solutions, including
substituting cow’s milk with whey formula. For additional
online information on colic and other childhood conditions,
go to http://www.chiroweb.com/tyh/pediatrics.html.
Lucassen PLBJ, Assendelft WJJ, Gubbels JW, et al. Infantile
colic: crying time reduction with a whey hydrolysate: a double-blind,
randomized, placebo-controlled trial. Pediatrics, Dec.
2000: Vol. 106, No. 6, pp1349-54.