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A Complete Health Guide To Get Through Colic

 

The term “colic” has been around for many years. It is used to describe a baby that cries for long hours in a day. That’s why many parents wonder if their child is suffering from colic. And if so, what steps should be taken to treat it, help it or prevent it.

 

What’s colic?

 

According to many experts, colic is inconsolable crying in infants that can last up to several hours in a day. To define more thoroughly, colicky infants cry for more than 3 hours a day, for more than 3 days a week, and for around 3 weeks. This is often named as the “Rule of 3’s” and these rules have widely become known as the Wessel Criteria.

 

Primary facts about Colic?

 

  • Experts believe that almost every infant experiences colic. But what differentiates it from baby to baby and from being diagnosed with it is to what extent the baby cries.

  • Generally, colicky babies tend to pull up their legs or try to extend them, pass gas, and clench their fists. Some may be found with hardened or distended tummies filled with gas as well. Although gas doesn’t cause colic, it seems to be a probable symptom as babies often swallow too much air when they cry.                                                                                                                                  

  • The crying gets worse in the evening hours.

  • The crying of a colicky baby seems discomforting and intense.

  • Colic reaches its highest point at 6-8 weeks after the birth.

  • It usually ends for 50% cases in 3 months and in 90% of cases by 9 months of age.

  • A colicky baby cannot be considered unhealthy.

  • Such babies need to be held and comforted more often than usual. Despite common concerns, this will not result in a spoiled child.

 

The causes:

 

As of this year, doctors and researchers are still looking for a definite answer to what causes these long crying spasms in babies.

The following can be the reasons that may increase the risks of colic or cause colic in your baby:

  • An immature nervous system

  • Excessively sensitive to simulation

  • Unhealthy diets of mothers may bother their babies when they breastfeed them.

  • Overfeeding the baby or feeding quickly

  • Mothers who smoked during pregnancy have twice the chance of developing colic.

  • Intestinal gas

  • Not burping after breastfeeding, or positioning baby incorrectly after the feeding

  • When a baby is born with low birth weight

  • Hunger

  • Acid reflux

Cures for colic:

There are no proven cures for colic since there are no definite causes for it. And thus, many of the treatments aim at reducing the severity of the crying and eradicating factors that could make it worse.

Following are some of the easiest tips to decrease colic or relieve crying:

  • Hold your baby and comfort him as it is one of the effective ways. The more time they’ll be held, the less time they will be fussy in the evening.

  • Place a warm water bottle on your baby’s belly.

  • Breastfeeding mothers can reduce it by ensuring that the baby is getting plenty of “hindmilk” at each breastfeed and not just “foremilk.” Do it by making sure that one breast is finished before offering the other one or breastfeed with only one breast and empty it completely.

  • Gently rub your baby’s belly in a clockwise direction using your palms.

  • Consult your healthcare provider about using probiotics.

  • Seek chiropractic care.

  • Burp your baby more often.

  • Rest your baby tummy-down across your knees, then gently move your legs to massage your baby’s abdomen.

Wrapping Up:

 

Parents of a colicky baby require lots of encouragement and support. In fact, this is not the right time for you to be a “super parent.” Instead, lean on your support system and ask for proper help when needed.

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