Martin D. Fried MD discusses colic in babies.
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Male Speaker: Is it a thing called colic? Dr. Martin D. Fried: I think there is a thing called colic I think it's due to immature stomach enzymes then you're not absorbing all of your carbohydrates, the carbohydrates get to the colon, the bacteria and the colon make hydrogen sulfide and methane, this causes a lot of gas, a lot of irritability. I've seen kids who will cry non-stop for twelve hours yet their gaining weight, they're doing well as far as the nutrition. Male Speaker: Those kinds of kids I'd agree they're probably have colic. Dr. Martin D. Fried: Yeah. Male Speaker: But it seems much more common in the first one less common on the second one and almost unheard it on the third, is that true? Dr. Martin D. Fried: I don't know. Male Speaker: Right my practices seems that way. I think is parents sort tolerate when the kid cries, the first born if junior is making any noise and it's a comparing parent they react to it very quickly where is if get three kids, you can't but the same effort, you can't, you did the first kid with the other sibling. So I think some of that is from that. Are there any remedies that help a kid with colic centers if you would suggest? Dr. Martin D. Fried: It seems that motion helps taking a child for riding the cars especially if they cry that doesn't have a smooth ride helps holding the kid on top of the drier but the motion of the drier seems to help. Male Speaker: You said so like mimicking besides the mother because when you walk around, the walking that the baby's kind of move up and down a lot, so evolving. Dr. Martin D. Fried: I would think so. Male Speaker: That's what so many women said. Are there any remedies that direct specialty? Dr. Martin D. Fried: Some people say gripe water helps but I have found in my practice that the motion helps the most. Sometimes rectal stimulation to pass gas might help if the child is extremely gassy. I hadn't found any particular teas, or soft or medications. Male Speaker: So basically it's one of these things by the third or fourth month that usually gets better. Dr. Martin D. Fried: Right. Male Speaker: And if we see the doctor the third month with the problem and kid gets the next day he will take credit for it and maybe Mother Nature doing its cure. Dr. Martin D. Fried: True and we also see a lot of formula changes going from the intact protein formula to the hydrolysates to the elemental and if a kid has colic it doesn't matter what formula they are on. Male Speaker: It's a good of the may be it is somewhat that. Dr. Martin D. Fried: Exactly that they've gone through all the changes and the kid is still irritable twelve hours a day and that with the tip of that is not an allergy, it's not, you know not food intolerance. Male Speaker: What would be a justification to switch a kid from this formula to one its big ideas that will be your criteria. Dr. Martin D. Fried: My criteria is blood in the stool, blood in the stool means milk protein colitis, you have a colitis from the protein and its causing irritation to the GI tract to the point they are actually bleeding, so bleeding blood in the stool is a definite reason. Male Speaker: What about a lot of crying and pull weight gain and not drinking the formula would that be a reason? Dr. Martin D. Fried: I'm sure there is lot of kids who get change for that reason if they respond. Male Speaker: It's all trial and error. Dr. Martin D. Fried: Yeah. Male Speaker: But in spite of everything most kids are better between third and six month is what we do. Dr. Martin D. Fried: Correct, correct.
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