You’ve recently become parents so everything you do is via trial and error method. Off late your baby has been crying frantically and you’re feeling absolutely helpless, because, of course, the baby can’t communicate. Maybe your baby has colic.
What is colic?
If your baby is less than 5 months old and cries for at least 3 hours in a row on three or more days in a week for at least 3 days then your baby is considered colicky. Colic is an uncontrollable cry of a healthy baby. No! It isn’t a disease and it won’t harm your kid.
Symptoms of colic
- Do notice if your baby cries at the same time every day. The pattern could be around late afternoon or evening. The baby tends to cry for no apparent reason, the face could turn red, and the crying would be loud and intense.
- Look out for irregular and disturbed sleep due to the crying pattern.
- Another symptom could be that while crying the baby clenches its fist, arches the back, draws the knees upwards, and tenses the abdominal muscles.
- An increase in bowel movements that even lead to the passing of frequent gas and spitting.
- If your child doesn’t get pacified easily and doesn’t get satisfied by feeding or falling asleep no matter what you try then the baby has colic.
- Towards to end of the first month, the baby starts getting sensitive to light and sound. So maybe now that they can’t cut off the environment and sleep peacefully they cry out of frustration.
Causes of "COLIC"
- The changing hormones could be one of the main reasons that makes the baby colicky.
- Another cause is the growing digestive system
- Gas is another main reason that causes colic in babies.
- If the nervous system is still developing, there are chances of your baby getting colicky.
- Some experts suggest colic is the result of lactose intolerance or allergy towards specific food that comes through breastfeeding
It’s understandable that your baby’s continues crying will make you all tense and panicky. But it’s important you stay calm in order to work towards calming your baby. Sometimes, just by holding your baby close to your baby and making it feel secure does the trick. Colic is more common than you think. If it makes you feel better, visit your doctor for some more reassurance and comfort strategies.
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