Dr. Charles Answers New Mommy FAQ’s
Coming home with a newborn can be overwhelming and leave you filled with questions! What should you expect during those first couple of weeks? Practicing pediatrician and fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Lydia Charles, M.D., has the answers:
My baby experiences discomfort after feedings, could it be from the breast milk or formula?
If your otherwise healthy baby experiences discomfort after feedings, it could be that he/she is having difficulty digesting the lactose in the milk (either breast milk or infant formula). This is known as temporary lactose intolerance (TLI). Many perfectly healthy infants have this issue, and it can result in excessive fussiness, tummy discomfort, gassiness and long bouts of crying. Before making major lifestyle changes, such as restricting mom’s diet or switching to expensive infant formulas, it’s important to address the cause rather than the symptoms. Using Colief Infant Digestive Aid before each feeding will help compensate for possible TLI in your infant’s young digestive system. Colief has also been shown to help reduce colic-associated crying time by up to 45% in compliant babies when a baby has TLI.
What is the typical sleep cycle for a newborn?
The average newborn should sleep much of the day and night, but unfortunately there is no set schedule in the beginning. It varies from infant to infant, and most babies do not begin sleeping through the night without waking until at least 3 months of age.
What are some tips to help calm my fussy baby?
Sometimes babies cry just for the sake of crying. Figuring out how to soothe your baby is key when the typical reasons aren’t the issue (hungry, wet or tired). Try swaddling your baby in a blanket, or rocking him/her from side to side in your arms. Sometimes soothing noises, such as a fan or white noise may provide some relief. It really depends on your child, so try a few of these options and see what works best for you. If you’re worried about your infant’s crying, visit your healthcare provider to determine if other factors like colic are at play.