Colic may be more harmful to worried and frustrated parents than to babies. A colicky baby cries a great deal and seems to have some kind of abdominal pain. Many babies, about 1 in 10, will have colic at some point during their early infancy. Some babies with colic cry much of the time. Others cry loudly for hours at around the same time every day, often in the early evening.
[pull_quote_center]Remember that no matter how hard it may be to cope with a colicky baby, colic is a harmless condition.[/pull_quote_center]
Symptoms of Colic
Colic is actually a collection of symptoms rather than a real disease. It usually begins in the first 2 or 3 weeks after birth and can last until the baby is 3 or 4 months old.
The symptoms of colic include:
- Unexplained crying, through the baby eats well and is gained weight
- Baby pulls up his legs, as if he has abdominal pain
- Baby is not eating well, moans, and is prove to weak crying
- Intense crying for longer than 2 hours
- Diarrhea, vomiting, fever with intense crying
Causes of Colic
The causes are not fully known, although baby colic is thought to be due to any of the following:
- Spasm of the intestines
- Excessive amounts of air swallowed when feeding or crying
- Food allergy
- Lactose intolerance or allergy to cow’s milk formula
What you can do
- Stay calm. Parents who panic transmit this feeling to the child, and may worsen the condition.
- Many parents have discovered that riding in a car calms a colicky baby. Fasten the baby securely into a properly installed infant car seat.
- Distract the baby by bathing, cuddling, or changing his diapers.
- Walk the baby
- Massage your baby gently, or put the baby on his stomach and stroke is back
- Try background noise. Some babies calm down when they hear the sound of a hairdryer or vacuum cleaner.
- Sing to baby, or play gentle music.
- There are tape recordings and toys that play the sound of a human heart beating, which sometimes calms a baby.
- Apply warmth on baby’s stomach (warm face towel).
- Burp the baby after feeding and after long spells of crying.
- Get a break. Ask a relative or friend to watch the baby for few hours during what is normally a colicky period.
- If all efforts to pacify the baby fail, if diarrhea or vomiting occurs, if he is running a fever, or if there is persistent swelling of the abdomen, consult a doctor
Prevention tips: “Burp after feeding”
If you’re breastfeeding
- Drink less cola, cocoa and tea
- Stay off milk products for a week and note any difference in baby’s discomfort.
If you’re bottle-feeding
- Have your baby sit up while feeding. This will reduce swallows.
- Don’t make the milk or formula too hot.
- Check the nipple on the bottle. If the hole is too small, the baby will swallow air.
- Try new formula
[pull_quote_center]Whether you’re breast or bottle feeding, try to keep the room quiet when you feed your baby.[/pull_quote_center]