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5 Ways To Prevent Colic in Babies

How to prevent colic, gassiness and fussiness in babies

 

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Although my babies are breastfed and nurse when they need to, there have been times that we needed to use bottles. When my first daughter was born she had to supplement because my milk didn’t come in quick enough. She had jaundice, which happens frequently as a newborn and we needed to supplement with formula before she could be exclusively breastfed. Around that time is when we also started noticing that she was having some colic and acid reflux. We realized then just how important it is to have a good bottle on hand.

If you are supplementing you not only need a bottle with a nipple that is natural enough for the baby to be able to transition from bottle to your breast, but you also need one that can help prevent gas and colic. I wish we had known then what we know now. The Playtex Baby™ VentAire® do just that.

How to prevent colic, gassiness and fussiness in babies

5 Ways to Prevent Colic in Babies

1. Use an anti-colic bottle – The Playtex Baby™ VentAire® Bottles with the drop-ins have a unique Anti-Colic Bottom Vent helps prevent air ingestion for less gas, spit-up and fussiness. Gas pains and colic happen when the baby swallows too much air, so minimizing that helps prevent the pain from gas bubbles.

2. Read hunger signals  – Watch for signs your baby is starting to get hungry. Some signs could be suckling fingers or their hands, or lip smacking – these are adorable by the way 🙂 but they could all mean that your baby is hungry. Once you start to see signs, feed them right away. Waiting will only lead to a frantic feeding and will cause baby to swallow more air in the process.

3. Feed baby in an upright position – Pediatricians recommend never feeding your baby while the baby is lying on their back. Have you ever tried eating or drinking while laying down? Things don’t go down so smoothly. It’s the same way with babies. Babies can sometimes get ear infections due to feeding this way. The Playtex Baby™ VentAire® bottle design promotes semi-upright feeding which is much more comfortable for your baby.

4. Don’t overfeed – Overfeeding can cause babies to swallow air and can lead to gassiness. Look for signs your baby is full. Some signs could be pausing while eating, lighter suckling and no longer sucking his hands or fingers.

5. Don’t shake the bottle – Shaking the bottle causes air bubbles that your baby will swallow while feeding! This is something that seems so obvious to me yet I was doing this and didn’t even realize! Rather than shaking the bottle try stirring it instead.

How to prevent colic, gassiness and fussiness in babies

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It’s hard to see your little one in pain and fussy and this phase can be really tough on parents. But try to remember that it’s not something that will last forever and there is light at the end of the tunnel. It’s also important to follow up with your pediatrician if you suspect colic so they can rule out any other health issues.

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Playtex Baby™ VentAire® bottles are available on Amazon, BabiesRUs, Walmart, PlaytexBaby and Target.

How to prevent colic, gassiness and fussiness in babies

 

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20 Comments

  • Reply
    Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle
    April 6, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing these! When my kids were babies, I did anything I could to prevent the scourge that is colic.

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    Bill Sweeney
    April 6, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    This is great for anyone with a baby. Colic is the worst thing in the world. It hurts the baby, and it makes life just as miserable for the rest of us.

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    lisalisa
    April 6, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    OMGoodness, I love your images of the kids, so cute! I have always used Playtex bottles for my kids, they are great for reducing colic. This is a very informative post, you’ll be surprise at some of the parents who are not aware of how to reduce /prevent colic …thanks!

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    Tamara
    April 6, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    Gorgeous photos! We used Playtex VentAire for both of our kids, and would again. I make sure to advise people to put them on their registries!

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    Heather
    April 6, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    This sounds like a great bottle. If I had babies still, I’d give this brand a try. I’m glad there are bottles out there now that specifically try to prevent colic.

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    Elizabeth Neas
    April 6, 2017 at 11:20 pm

    Great tips. Even with exclusive breastfeeding, Some of my babies were colicky for a few months. Unfortunately, it always seemed to be at the most inopportune time…as I was trying to prepare dinner and then feed the family and clean up.

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    Dogvills
    April 7, 2017 at 12:44 am

    Your kids are beautiful. We all made the mistake of shaking the bottle. These are great tips.

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    Joely Smith
    April 7, 2017 at 1:07 am

    Not shaking the bottle is a great tip and the anti-colic bottles are an invention of pure genius! Great article thanks for the tips!

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    Nancy at Whispered Inspirations
    April 7, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    Colic can be scary! Especially if it’s your first baby because all you want to do is help them but you feel helpless.

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    Marcie W.
    April 7, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    My oldest had colic as a baby and it was the worst thing ever! Once we switched her formula, things calmed down, but I know these tips would have come in handy.

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    Kathy
    April 7, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    This is certainly something you have to be careful with. I never had this probably with my girls, but I could only imagine how hard it could be.

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    Mimi Green
    April 7, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    I just recently learned that a colic bottle was a thing. I had no idea that was even a thing. I’m so thankful that my babies didn’t have colic but I will pass this on to my mommy groups.

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    uprunforlife
    April 7, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    Colic is the worst. I am thankful that my kids didn’t have to deal with colic. Occasionally, my breastmilk would cause excessive gas depending on what I ate earlier that day. I always kept gas drops on hand.

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    Ali Rost
    April 7, 2017 at 10:07 pm

    What wonderful tips! I remember back in the day when my daughter was a baby and had colic. Some nights I wanted to run for the hills. Who knew a bottle could help so much? Passing your post along to my daughter who has a 2 month old. She’ll love it!

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    karlyn cruz
    April 8, 2017 at 8:55 am

    Your baby’s sex and birth order, and whether you breast- or bottle-feed, don’t affect it. Kids who had colic as babies are no different from those who didn’t.

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    Mars
    April 8, 2017 at 9:26 am

    This post is helpful for mothers. Thank you for sharing. Very informative post.

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    Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly
    April 9, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    No kids here and not planning on any, I had no idea that there were bottles that helped prevent colic in babies, good to know!

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    krystal
    April 10, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    I was so lucky that my son was not a colicky baby. These tips are going to be lifesavers for new moms!

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    Rebecca Swenor
    April 10, 2017 at 3:46 pm

    These are all great ways to prevent colic in your baby. Playtex products have been around for many years. I love the idea of using the Playtex Baby VentAire bottles are a great idea to prevent colic in a baby. Thanks for the tips.

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    Danielle
    July 26, 2017 at 9:43 am

    Try Elimination Communication – its free and helps reduce the gas and discomfort that the baby might be experiencing. It has been proven to reduce or even eliminate symptoms of infant colic by getting baby into the optimal position to poop and helping them to void their bowels.

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