Low FODMAP diet worth trying for infant colic

A low FODMAP diet may be worth trying for breastfeeding mothers who have colicky babies, a small Australian study suggests. 

Researchers from Monash University, Melbourne, who developed the low FODMAP diet for IBS, have now assessed its impact in 18 breastfeeding mothers whose babies met the Wessel criteria for colic. 

After one week on the diet, their infants’ crying duration fell on average by 52 minutes, while fussing and crying behaviours reduced by 73 minutes. 

“Mothers reported their baby ‘is much more content’ and ‘can be put down without crying’,” the researchers noted. 

“The magnitude and speed of benefits ... were impressive and dictate the need for a randomised, controlled study,” they added.

The low FODMAP (Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols) diet recommends avoiding