Researchers are investigating whether modifying breastfeeding mothers' diets could help ease colic in their babies.
The causes of colic, which produces persistent crying in otherwise healthy babies, remain unknown but one theory is that foods consumed by breastfeeding mums could be triggering allergic or intolerant responses in the infant.
Mums are often told to avoid broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, chocolate, onion and cow's milk, although there is limited scientific evidence that these foods cause colic.
The University of Queensland's Children's Nutrition Research Centre will compare a behavioural intervention for colic with four special maternal diets.
Researchers hope the study will resolve whether mothers' diets are associated with colic in breastfed babies.The centre is seeking mothers of colicky or unsettled babies who are exclusively breastfed and younger than four months of age for the study.
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