Colic Symptoms in Babies

Colic is one of the most common problems in babies. In fact, it is so
common that this is the kind of thing that you will be prepared for
even before it occurs being a major topic in all baby books in your

Colic begins as early as two to three weeks and reaches its peak when
the baby is about two months old. After which, symptoms and episodes
will slowly die down and at fourth month, there will be no more

Until now, medical experts cannot find what exactly causes colic to
occur. It just happens to babies without any real or specific reason.
However, there are a host of possible causes that may influence or
worsen a colic episode. Here are some of them.

Allergy to cow’s milk or powdered milk

Lactose intolerance

Allergy to the foods that the mother take in and transferred to the
baby through breastmilk

Increase in the intestinal gas brought on by foods that usually produce
gas in the stomach such as broccoli, onion and beans.

Underdeveloped digestive system that may cause strong contractions in
the stomach

Hormonal changes in the body of your baby

Anxiety of the mother and postpartum depression

Overfeeding of the baby

Often, the only sign that parents will get is nonstop crying that can
last from an hour to as much as five hours! This can be really hard to
take for parents especially those who are not used to their babies
crying too much. For first-time parents the first episode of colic can
be panicking as they do not know why their little angel is crying so

Crying can be the result of a lot of things. This is why it is
important for parents to really know the other signs and symptoms of
colic in babies before they panic or in some cases not panic.


Predictable crying episodes

Although this will not be evident at the start, a colicky baby will
have crying episodes at specific time of the day. This can either occur
at day or at night, often after a meal. These episodes will recur at
approximately the same time and it can last from just a few minutes to
hours. It can occur once every week or everyday of the week. It really
depends on the baby and because there is no known cause, parents just
have to patiently wait if there will be an episode for that day.

Gaseous state

According to some experts, colic is brought on by gas in the stomach
that causes an ache. Babies will often excrete bowels or pass gas near
the end of the episode. This will relieve the

Positions of the legs and arms

Babies who have colic will manifest their pain in the way they will
draw their legs to their abdomens to squeeze them in. Their hands will
also clench into fists and their abdominal muscles will harden. Some
babies who cannot take the pain will trash around and become really
wild. Their screams and cries will get louder and louder.

Crying madly

This is one of the main symptoms of colic in babies. In fact, most
parents think that if their babies cry, they are either hungry or
having a colic. The cries of a colicky child is loud and intense. There
is no room for a weak and sickly cry. Their cheeks will often become
red from the exertion and they will be difficult to comfort.

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