I follow a few blogs where the family have recently had a baby. Although I’m a bit squeamish about reading the birth stories I love reading monthly updates. Babies grow and develop so quickly and I really miss when my children were babies.
Those baby days weren’t without problems. Adjusting to parenthood was fun but challenging and I remember have some trusty parenting books by my bedside so I could constantly check my son was doing the right things.
Although my son is only 7 I look back at my precious photographs and realise I hardly took any compared to the number I do today. I can’t help but feel a bit sad about this. I had an iPhone but there was no Instagram, I remember being quite pleased if I remembered to take one a day to post on my blog.
The top 9 reasons why your baby might cry
It’s probably a good job I wasn’t distracted with Instagram as my son spent a lot of his first months crying. He always seemed to be hungry and therefore taking a bottle or sleeping it off. Unfortunately he had a tendency to bring up a lot of his milk so all my photos of him feature a muslin close at hand. Needless to say, the washing machine was always on!
There are lots of reasons why babies cry but it’s mainly because they need something and this is the only way they can communicate. Care, the number one healthcare brand sold into UK pharmacy and Penny Lazell, a qualified midwife and independent health visitor, produced a list of the top 9 reasons why your baby might cry:
Wet or dirty nappy
Wanting a cuddle
Being too hot or too cold
Transient Lactase Deficiency
I remember mentally ticking these off every time my baby cried and it was often the last thing which was affecting him. Unfortunately we realised pretty early on that he was suffering from Transient Lactase Deficiency. This is basically a problem in that the immature digestive system of babies can struggle making enough lactase to digest the lactose (a natural milk sugar found in breast and formula milk) in their feed, which can induce colicky symptoms.
According to Penny “Transient Lactase Deficiency is a common occurrence in young babies. It can make them very uncomfortable and difficult to settle, which can lead to increased stress for both baby and parent.” Luckily help is at hand and introducing a lactase enzyme drop with feeds can often resolve the problem without having to move to or change formula.
Care Co-Lactase Infant Drops
Designed to reduce lactose content in milk, Care Co-Lactase Infant Drops help make digesting lactose easier for baby without delaying the feeding process. They are to be added to breast milk or infant formula prior to feeding. The lactase enzyme breaks down the lactose in breast and formula milk which should reduce the symptoms of Transient Lactase Deficiency.
Care Co-Lactase Infant Drops (10ml), priced at £9.99 for 60 feeds, are available from Asda stores or online at www.asda.co.uk and independent pharmacies nationwide.
I would love to hear if you experienced any problems with your baby and how you dealt with it.
Disclosure – I have been compensated for this post.