A cranky, irritable baby who is not settling, does not sleep properly can be extremely upsetting to new parents.
They may wonder what the matter is and it may be tempting to lay the blame at the door of something like a dairy sensitivity or lactose intolerance. But is this really the case? Is milk really to blame?
The fact is that many babies take time to settle. In the first weeks you may have a baby that is up all night, is cranky seemingly for no reason and all of this is quite normal with the baby making adjustments to the outside.
A milk allergy, or lactose intolerance or dairy sensitivity could have certain specific symptoms that you should watch out for:
- The baby could be inconsolable for several hours in a day, crying, fussing and unable to settle
- Strange colored stool, often green; however this is not an indicator by itself
- Passing of gas frequently and obviously painfully
- The presence of mucus or blood in the stool
- If baby seems unable to retain milk and seems to spit up or vomit very often
However don’t try and make a diagnosis yourself, it is best to get an expert’s opinion on dairy sensitivity.