But recent medical advances made through cutting-edge technology now reveal that many if not most cases of colic are actually caused by acid reflux. In this revolutionary book, Bryan Vartabedian, a noted pediatric gastroenterologist and the father of two babies with acid reflux, provides hands-on, practical advice about this hidden epidemic–and how to make your own baby happy again.
The important things you have to do when caring for a newborn are to feed and cuddle. If colic seems to be the problem, both of these activities seem only to cause the baby grief. What is a parent to do? The old advice was to wear out the carpet walking back and forth whilst keeping the baby upright and gritting your teeth as it was bound to pass by 6 weeks. That is certainly still an option but this book aims to provide more effective answers and an assessment of what treatment is available.
Complete with inspiring real-life cases of colic solved, plus tips, sidebars, and illustrations, this essential guide provides real answers to a problem that has been upsetting babies–and parents–for years. Help and hope are at hand!
If you are breastfeeding and your baby vomits a lot and seems in pain after feeds it is hard not to take it personally. Is there something wrong with your milk? Maybe it is the cause of the baby’s distress? Maybe you are even tempted to change to artificial baby milk?
Throughout the book Vartabedian stresses that when it comes to babies miserable with reflux, the breast is definitely best. He goes on to say:
“It’s interesting to note that colic gained popularity in the 1960s when the rates of breastfeeding were approaching an all-time low. While trying to draw a connection between rates of breastfeeding and the popularisation of colic is practically impossible, we can say with certainty that breastmilk is the best milk for babies suffering with reflux … infant reflux is in part a result of abnormal intestinal motility, or stomach squeezing.
“Breastmilk is the easiest milk for babies to eliminate from the stomach and consequently one of the best foods to feed your unhappy refluxing baby. ….Despite the fact that formula manufacturers have sought reflux solutions, nothing they produce matches the qualities of breastmilk.”
That is a relief to hear. A refluxing baby may arch back and scream when put to the breast, may need many small feeds, may seem to vomit up more milk than it could have possibly swallowed – but breastmilk is not the cause of the trouble, it’s part of the solution. No one method works for every baby and nothing works 100% immediately.
This book gets to the root of what is making many babies cry, and offers powerful, real-world solutions. It is hard to be a happy family if the baby is crying all the time. This is important. A baby has no better advocate for its health than its parents. Sure you can just “put a bib on ’em and keep going” but reading this book might help keep you sane.
Though not newly published, this book deserves a good read by families with colic concerns. Recommended for health professionals and parents.
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Bryan Vartabedian, MD
Ballantine Books, 2007
ISBN 978 0 345 49068 1
Paperback RRP: $24.95
Reviewed by Helen Jeffcoat , Coordinator of the ABA Book Review Working Group