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From August 2018, customers will notice our rebranded food packaging start to appear on shelf in all major stockists.

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We are excited to announce our new packaging will start to appear on shelf from August 2018. This transition to new packaging will occur over a number of months. During this time there will be a mix of current and new packaging on shelf.

There are no major changes to these products, in some instances there is a small name change or slight recipe improvement, see below for the full details.

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Please note, our Infant Formula packaging will not be rebranded until later in 2019.

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  • NEW Packaging Organic Milk & Vanilla Baby Rice
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  • NEW Packaging Organic Apple & Cinnamon Baby Porridge
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  • New Packaging Organic Banana, Pear, Apple & Mango
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  • New Packaging Organic Blueberry, Mango & Apple
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  • New Packaging Organic Grape, Apple & Peach
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Pumpkin & Tomato Risotto
  • New Packaging Organic Pumpkin, Sweet Potato & Tomato
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Broccoli, Beef & Brown Rice
  • New Packaging Organic Beef & Vegetables
  • Note: We have also upgraded some of our RTS recipes to remove added sugars and to remove some of the more complex ingredients that are not required for young children such as Tamari.
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  • New Packaging Organic Milk Rusks
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How to Manage Colic and Reflux in Your Baby

Colic and reflux and two common conditions experienced by babies in the first few months of life. Colic can cause a great amount of distress to parents as well as the baby, but some simple strategies may help to calm your baby as they grow and develop in their new world. Reflux more common to infants than colic does not necessarily cause distress in babies but should be monitored. There are a few simple strategies which may help to minimise reflux but both conditions often reduce as the baby grows.

1: What is Colic?

Colic is seen in 2 out of 10 infants and is defined as recurring, unexplained crying where a baby cannot be consoled. Symptoms may include frowning, red face, pulling up of legs, long periods of crying, extreme fussiness. Colic can cause a great deal of distress for parents, particularly if a number of strategies have failed. Colic is particularly common from two weeks to four months of age. Some babies may cry more or need more soothing than others and does not indicate there is anything wrong. Babies adapt to their new environment at different rates. It is important to have your baby checked by a medical professional to rule out any underlying issues. This will also provide parents with the reassurance they need in this difficult time.

It is important to remember that babies often use crying as means to communicate discomfort or distress which is a fundamental part of their growth and development. Some common reasons why a baby may be unsettled include:

  • Wet or soiled nappy
  • Feeling cold or over heated
  • Wind or pain in their bowels
  • Hunger
  • Lethargy
  • Feeling uncomforted and frightened (particularly if left in bassinet alone)
  • Reflux

Whilst there is no known cause for colic, you may wish to review your diet if you are breastfeeding and avoid foods which may increase wind in your baby. These include cabbage, onion, garlic and broccoli.

2: How do you manage Colic?

There are a number of strategies that may help to reduce distress in your crying baby which include:

  • Try and provide a calming environment for your baby which might mean staying at home in a quiet space until they are settled
  • Provide frequent feeds
  • Swaddle your baby and hold them close to you providing they comfort they may be seeking
  • You may offer a pacifier or dummy to help settle
  • Try and stick your regular routine or feeding, tummy time and sleeping
  • Gently rock your baby in your arms or a carrier even playing some soothing music
  • Speak to your baby allowing them to hear the soothing voice of their parents
  • Try a warm bath
  • Offer massage with suitable baby oils that might relax your baby, particularly before sleep

Your baby is still not aware of day and night so try to remain calm if they wake more frequently during the night. Go back to the strategies above and offer lots of comfort to them in this time.

If you require further support to manage your baby, consult with a health professional about getting the support both you and your baby need in this time. In most cases, colic does settle, and remember, as your baby grows and develops, they will become less anxious about the exciting world around them. Providing your baby continues to feed and sleep and you can get in the rest you require in these times, you are doing great.

3: What is Reflux?

Reflux is defined as when the contents of the stomach are brought up into the month. Sometime this content can be swallowed and other times babies will vomit this out. This is mostly experience in the first 6 months of age where the only food is milk so the contents of the vomit is often white and curdles in nature. Reflux is seen in up to 40–70% of babies. In most cases, reflux is not harmful to the baby and often is phased out as your baby starts to grow and develop. If reflux worsens, it can leas to a condition call gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) that should be diagnosed and treated by a medical professional. Signs and symptoms of GORD include:

  • have pain and discomfort in their chest or upper abdomen (stomach), which will make them irritable, cry a lot or arch their back
  • have disrupted sleep or be hard to settle
  • show poor weight gain
  • have breathing and swallowing problems (e.g. gagging, choking, wheezing or coughing a lot).

Reflux can be caused by the valve or door at the top of the stomach becoming loose and allow the content of the stomach to travel back up towards the mouth. Sometimes the acid in the stomach can irritate the stomach lining causing some babies distress. As a baby grows, this valve also develops, and the reflux will improve.

4: How do you manage reflux?

For most babies, there is no treatment required and this is quite a normal and natural process that will resolve with time. Some babies may regurgitate more than others, and this can be quite variable. Some strategies which may help improve regurgitation include:

  • Holding your baby upright after feeds
  • Commence tummy time after feeds
  • Not force feeding particularly with a bottle

If you are worried about the frequency and aggression of the regurgitation, please consult a doctor. This is particularly important if you notice:

  • Has blood or bile (a yellow fluid) in their vomit
  • A fever
  • Suddenly starts to regurgitate or vomit when they never have before
  • Won’t feed

Summary

  • Colic can occur in 2 out of 10 babies and is defined as long periods of crying where it is difficult to settle your baby.
  • Several strategies can be implemented to help comfort your baby and if you are concerned, ensure you seek advice from a medical professional to rule out any underlying cause
  • Reflux is more commonly experienced in infants and is defined at regurgitation, particularly after feeds.
  • Reflux is not harmful to infants and is normal as they grow and develop but if you are concerned about the frequency and if you baby becomes unsettled, consult a medical professional

Disclaimer: The content of this document is solely for educational purposes and should not be substituted for medical advice. You are solely responsible for forming your own opinions and conclusions on such matters and for making your own independent assessment of the information. Please consult your doctor if you are concerned about you or your baby’s health.

About the author

Marisa Nastasi is an Accredited Practising Dietitian for Bellamy’s Organic. She specialises in children's nutrition and has recently completed further studies in paediatric dietetics. She has worked in the industry for 8 years and has developed a strong working knowledge on how good quality diets can benefit the health of children so that they can develop to their full potential.

Important Notice to Parents and Guardians

  • The World Health Organisation recommends that breastfeeding is best for your baby.
  • Having a balanced diet when breastfeeding is also important. Infant Formulas should only be used after you’ve sought advice from a doctor or health practitioner.
  • A decision not to breastfeed can be difficult to reverse and introducing partial bottle feeding may reduce the supply of breast milk. It is also wise to consider the cost of infant formula.
  • If you use infant formula, all preparation and feeding instructions must be followed as per the manufacturer’s instructions. This is important for your baby’s health.