Special Formulas Improve Colicky Babies
Yacoob, who is also an assistant professor of pediatrics at the University
of Southern California-Keck School of Medicine in Los Angeles, reassures
parents that colic, although nerve-racking, does no lasting damage to the
Often children respond well to movement, such as riding in a car or even
being placed on top of a washing machine. Nursing mothers might eliminate cow's
milk or gassy foods from their diets, since compounds in these products may
enter their milk.
Should these measures fail "we know that [these formulas] will work in a
defined set of kids, but we recommend that people check with their
pediatricians before trying them," says Kulczycki.
All of the products used in these studies are FDA-approved and contain all
the nutrition growing babies need, he adds. However, they are expensive: the
amino-acid formula, for example, costs approximately $50 for a 14-ounce can of
powder, which lasts two to three days for an average infant. On the other hand,
"What's the cost of a decent night's sleep and good interaction with your
child for a few weeks?"
Alimentum and Nutramigen are available in selected grocery stores,
pharmacies or can be ordered from their respective manufacturers. Neocate must
be ordered from a pharmacist or directly the manufacturer.
- Two new studies suggest complete proteins given to babies can contribute to
- Colicky babies tolerated formulas of fragmented protein and improved, but
feeding them cow's milk led to return of colic symptoms.
- Observers interpret the studies differently, noting either that colic may
be due to dietary factors or that the researchers simply treated a milk-protein