Fussiness, non-stop crying for hours, repeated cycle for about 3 days per week! Well, are you wondering it all sounds so familiar to your situation? Yes, people! We are signifying that dreaded C-word: colic.
It can be especially baffling and quite stressful for parents because the little one’s pain happens for no obvious explanation and no measure of comforting ease the baby. These kinds of colic episodes regularly happen in the evening, when parents themselves are worn out.
Colic usually takes its extreme toll on a newborn child around 6 weeks old and disappears completely around 3 to 4 months old. While the unnecessary crying will resolve with time, managing colic adds some extra pressure in caring for your new bundle of joy.
However, even if you can’t control the non-stop crying of your infant, you can help soothe your baby in many ways. Just remember! You need to keep trying your best because there’s nothing else you can do! Be patient and try anything and everything because you don’t know which trick will work with your child.
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What causes colic?
The first and foremost thing that every frustrated parent wants to know is what causes colic in their otherwise healthy baby? However, you’ll be surprised to know that doctors are not sure what causes colic. Numerous specialists have looked into many possible causes but, they cannot figure out a single reason. It may be due to any one of the following contributing factors
- Discomfort from indigestion or gas
- Acidic Reflux
- Digestive sensitivity to something
- Not feeding enough or overfeeding
- An early form of migraine
- Overstimulated because of sounds and lights
- A reaction towards emotions such as fear, excitement, or frustration
Tips and Tricks:
Here are some tips and trick for coping with colic:
- Carry your baby:It’s known as one of the super effective and easy solutions for colic babies. You can either opt for a sling or simply choose to use your arms as per your preferences. Studies show that holding your colicky baby for hours during the daytime reduces fussing and crying during the evening.
- Get moving:For babies, motion is soothing. So, all types of repetitive motions such as swings, bouncy seats, walks, car rides – are sometimes enough to soothe your baby’s colic.
- Massage:Trapped gas in your baby’s tummy can be quite uncomfortable. And, due to hours and hours of non-stop crying, babies swallow more air which creates more gas and results in more pain, more crying, more gas, and again more pain. That’s why massaging your baby’s abdomen is known to relieve the discomfort and make your baby feel more relax! Just remember to use plant-based body oils that are unscented or lightly scented with calming essential oils like lavender.
- Changing diet:If you breastfeed, you may consider this option to eliminate some foods that you think are the culprit, including potential allergens like dairy. For example, cow’s milk, eggs, nuts, or wheat are known to make some difference– especially if there are asthma, eczema, or allergies that run in the family for generations. For babies who are on bottle feed, a few doctors recommend trying a hypoallergenic formula.
- Trying different bottles:Sometimes bottle changes have shown improvement in few babies. You can easily find bottles that are designed specifically to help curb colic. The different types of liquid/air exchange system in these bottles reduces the intake of air that your baby swallows when drinking – which eventually reduce gas bubbles and results in less discomfort and less crying of your colic baby.
- Switching formula: Milk protein intolerance or allergies are also sometimes responsible for your baby’s colic. Yes! It’s uncommon if crying or fussiness is the only symptom. However, you can try switching to an elemental formula or one with a different protein source that may make digestion easy.
- Hold Your baby upright after every feed: If your baby has acid reflux as a contributing factor for colic then you need to hold the baby upright after feedings to reduce the maximum effects of discomfort.
- Tummy time: Tummy time sometimes helps calm a few colicky babies. You can lay your baby on their tummy, across your stomach, or lap and rub their back for soothing. It also helps the gas to pass through.
The “Five S” Strategy
Here’s how to help a colic baby with the strategy:
- Swaddling: Wrapping your baby as a burrito gives them a warm and cozy feeling like they are inside the womb. That’s why it can switch on relaxation.
- Shushing: They say, “Inside the uterus, noises are louder than a vacuum cleaner.” So, white-noise audio files or radio static are comforting for babies and they help them relax.
- Swinging:A slow and smooth motion keeps babies calm. That’s why swinging works wonder when your baby is in distress.
- Sucking: We know that in the first few months of life, sucking is quite soothing for little ones. So, if we satisfy their sucking urge with a pacifier, it will provide instant relief for the fussiness of your baby.
- Side/Stomach Lying: Always remember, it’s easiest to calm a crying baby when he’s lying on his side or stomach. So, you need to try any of the five S’s or all of them together in a combination to see what really works best for your baby and YOU!
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