All About Colic

Intestinal colic is so common among babies that most people are not surprised anymore when it happens. A recent mom already stressed from interruptions to her own sleep, eating, and self-care procedures can easily feel overpowered and scared when her otherwise content baby cries uncontrollably and is immune to any soothing attempts. It generally begins between two and three weeks, peaks during the first 2 months or so, begins to lessen at three months, and completely ends by three-and-a-half to four months. Colic really is not all that serious even though it might seem like it is from the way the baby cries. Colic can happen on a daily basis. Until now most doctors have not been able to tell you why your baby gets colicky.

After eating, babies can get a continuous stomach ache, we call that colic. Your baby may cry for hours or until the pain leaves. Crying can last for many hours, depending on how severe the pain is with the baby, cheeks may become red from exertion and perhaps pain. Signs that your baby has intestinal colic include the abdomen may enlarge or be distended and one leg will extend straight while the other is bent. The feet are often cold and the hands clenched tight for the people who gets abdomen pain. There are certain components you can avoid in order to lessen a baby’s intestinal colic problems. Below are a some ways to prevent your baby from suffering further.

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Feeding can make a colicky baby even worse, so make sure that your child is hungry and not just colicky before you start feeding. There are certain foods that will aggravate the intestinal colic – those with high sugar content, those with undiluted juice will only increase the wind in the belly and thus, aggravate the condition. Intestinal allergic reaction – this may also be a cause of colic so parents need to know what their children are allergic to. It may be from something that the mom has ingested directly something they have given to baby on through the milk when feeding. Colic can be caused by strong emotions like fear, anger, excitement or anxiety, showing these emotions around a colicky baby can cause the colic to worsen.

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Don’t panic, and get as much information you can before your infant has colic. Crying does not have to always be colic, so be open to other possibilities. There is no cure for colic so the only thing we can do is make our child as comfortable as possible until it passes.

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