Dealing with an infant with colic
with a colicky infant
Colic is not some unusual disease that you should
worry about. In fact, it is actually quite common especially to babies
who are barely a year old. Still, the nonstop screaming and fidgeting
can worry a lot of parents, especially if this is the first time that
they have encountered such a problem. After all nonstop crying can be
the result of many things not just a colic.
This is the reason why it is important for parents to know just what
colic is and to recognize its signs and symptoms.
There is actually no known cause of colic. Despite being quite common,
medical experts still have no idea what to make of this problem. It
usually starts during the first few weeks, particularly during the
third week. It peaks at two months of age and then subsides at the
third to fourth month. By the fourth month, there will usually be no
more episodes of colic.
Colic is purportedly a painful gaseous feeling brought on my
stomachache. Children, who are unused to the problem and cannot
communicate the pain, will cry for about an hour up to as much as five
hours. They will scream at the top of their lungs. This can be really
surprising for parents who are not used to seeing their normally quiet
and angelic babies in this kind of mood.
Colic often occurs in babies who are big and active, especially those
who are great eaters and those who grow really well. These babies will
usually have colic episodes at specific time of day, often after each
Since there is no known cause of colic, there is also no cure. There is
not much that parents can do but make the experience as comfortable as
possible for the infant and of course to lessen the pain and make sure
that it will not get worse.
Below are some tips that will help you lessen the effects of colic and
make sure that you are helping your child and not exacerbating the
First advice that parents should heed is to not overfeed the child.
Sometimes, when babies cry, parents’ first instincts is to
feed them, thinking that they are hungry. Before feeding them, make
sure that they are hungry and not having a colic.
Another thing that parents should watch out for is the foods that they
take in. This is especially true with moms who are breastfeeding. Some
babies are allergic to certain kinds of food and although you are not
feeding those foods directly to him, they will still get the allergens
through the milk that you give them.
Foods that are usually avoided are caffeine, cabbage, onions, beans,
and other foods that produce gas. Juices may also result to colic so
make sure that your juices are diluted with water or better yet, just
make them drink pure water when not drinking milk.
Intense emotions may also contribute in starting a colic episode.
Parents are then advised to avoid letting their babies see their
anxiety, their fear or their tension so as to avoid transferring the
emotions to the babies.
Walking the infant can vastly help in alleviating colic. Make sure that
his legs are drawn up so that pressure is taken from his belly.
Parents can also try letting their babies listen to some soothing music
and to rock them gently, which can help relax them.
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