When you’re a new mom or dad, it can be a huge challenge to raise a child who’s always cranky. Friends can say your baby’s “colicky.” What’s going on, and how can you do that?
What's Colic about?
Colic’s some mystery. The term applies to any stable, well-fed child who has been crying for more than 3 hours a day for more than 3 weeks.
Colic usually appears a few weeks after birth and lasts until the child is about 3-4 months old. Despite crying a bit, colic is neither dangerous nor harmful.
Experts say colic has no long-term effects, and a colic-infant should gain weight and eat normally.
Colic’s pretty short-lived.
The article would concentrate on colic in children, but there are several other forms like:
- Renal colic: abdominal pain generally caused by kidney stones. Pain can be continuous or in waves.
- Biliary colic: pain caused by a gallstone blocking the cystic duct as the gallbladder contracts.
- Horse colic: signs of several diseases in animals.
- Painter’s colic: lead poisoning may cause this.
Mid-wife knows about it:
- Colic is likely to start around 2 weeks of age if your baby is full-term (or later if premature).
- Almost always leaves 3 or 4 months alone.
- Age and birth order of your child, and either breast or bottle feed, don’t affect it.
- Children with colic as infants are no different from those who haven’t.
What's Colic causing?
Wind or indigestion may be suspected in colic, but the causes are largely unknown.
Others wonder if the infant’s stomach is immature and responsive to some of the breast substances or formula milk. Milk reactions and lactose intolerance are close to colic. Nevertheless, these hypotheses are not proven.
Twice as many babies when their mother smoked during pregnancy.
Colic is less common among first, second and third-born children. Breastfed or formula-fed babies may also have colic.
The exact cause of Colic is unclear, so there’s no easy way to help it. Several hypotheses of what’s behind it include:
- A can digestive system with muscles that often spasm Stress
- Hormones that cause stomach discomfort or a fussy mood
- Light, sound, etc. Oversensitivity or over-stimulation
- A moody infant
A still-developing nervous system Note, there are many issues that may seem like colic but aren’t. If you’re worried about your child, your doctor can do a thorough test to rule out a medical reason why your baby is crying and fussy.
- Acid reflux and stomach problems
- Pain and irritation of the brain or nervous system
- Eye disease, such as scratch or increased pressure
- Irregular pulse
- Damage to joints, muscles or fingers
How to Treat Colic As colic is a normal part of the lives of some children and is not dangerous, it is not usually recommended to give medicine. If you’re worried and find it hard to cope, talk to your GP (general practitioner, primary care doctor).
No single drug treats all colic cases. The following interventions were shown to improve, however.
Excluding cow’s milk protein: this means bottle-feeding with a hypoallergenic formula if the child is bottled or a dairy-free mother’s diet. This is a one-week test. If it works, proceed. If it doesn’t work, quit court.
If this happens, it doesn’t mean the baby is inherently milk-intolerant, it just means the experiment succeeded, and for many reasons the baby may have reacted well. The baby may remain allergic to milk.
Sometimes a dairy-free diet can help relieve colic.
Simethicone drops: Simethicone is an anti-foaming agent that eliminates trapped air. This brings together small gas bubbles embedded in stomach contents when a child swallows’ water.
As the bubbles collect and grow larger, they become easier to eject by burping or passing air.
Simethicone functions primarily in the gut, not reaching the bloodstream. Relieving abdominal pain is said.
Usually, after each feed, an infant is given a 2.5 ml spoonful. It can be added with a spoon or oral syringe to the infant’s bottle or given directly into the mouth.
Simethicone falls are available for purchase online. Review the leaflet’s directions.
Lactase drops: Lactase is an enzyme which breaks down lactose into glucose and galactose. Persons with lactase deficiency may experience abdominal cramping and diarrhea after consuming milk products. Lactase avoids this.
Lactase drops also support colic babies. If your baby reacts well, note that it doesn’t necessarily mean lactase later. Milk allergy is temporary. Lactase falls are available online.
Depending on your baby’s colic needs, your doctor can help. You’ll just have to do one thing to see if it’s soothing her. If not in a few days, move on to another.
You could find one you think works. Know that colic can get better on its own, and you may just have to wait for the fussiness to change at about 4 months.
Beware of “cures” that work for all children. No such thing exists. Several stuff to try to ease colic.
Both children sob. Your baby tells you she’s hungry, wet, or tired. So how can you tell when her tears are normal, or if they’re colic? Here’s some hints.
Normal crying Vs Colic?
Don’t be surprised if your baby cries a lot. During their first 3 months, babies will cry for up to 2 hours a day.
If your child has colic, though, she’s more likely to:
- Cry for what doesn’t seem like a reason— even if she doesn’t have to eat or change her diaper
- Start crying at night, or at the same time every day
- Cry for 3 or more hours every day, more than 3 days a week, for at least 3 weeks
Make sounds that’s more painful than usual— more like a high-pitched scream than a cry. The baby’s face is red, flushed. Cry episodes tend to occur at the same time every day, usually late afternoon or evening. Episodes can last from a few minutes to longer periods. Cry usually starts abruptly and for no apparent reason
- Changed posture: fist may be clenched, abdominal muscles tensed, knees drawn up, and back arched
- Sleep: sleep may be erratic and interrupted with episodes of weeping
- Eating: eating may also be interrupted and irregular with episodes of extreme weeping. However, the amount the baby consumes each day is not reduced
- Wind: the baby may pass wind during episodes of severe crying
- Multiple intensities: with some babies, signs are mild and the baby may only experience periods of restlessness.
When you think the baby’s crying can result from injury or fall, seek medical care. When you notice any changes in the baby’s general behavior, eating habits or sleeping patterns, ask your doctor or nurse for advice.
- Fold her arms and legs toward her abdomen
- Have a swollen tummy
- Have a red, flushed face when she cries
- Pass gas as she sheds tears, mostly because she’s swallowing water
- Tighten her stomach muscles
How Doctors Diagnosis Colic
The physician may be able to tell if your baby’s signs have colic.
You can help. Write down for a few days:
- If your baby cries and how long
- How it sounds like. High-pitched and quieter than usual?
- What seems to make her fussy
- What, if anything, helps to calm her down?
- How often and what your baby eats
- When your baby poops, and what the stools look like (big or small, lose or hard)
The doctor will probably do an assessment to see if your baby is fussy for other causes, such as:
Food allergies or reaction to something in your diet, if you breastfeed
Inconvenience, such as being fussy.
Just call the doctor if she:
- Can’t be soothed at all, even for a couple of minutes
- Doesn’t suck hard at the bottle or the breast
- Doesn’t like to be held or touched
- Has an unusual scream or sounds like she’s in pain
- Has diarrhea or blood in her urine
- Has trouble breathing
- Is less alert and tired than normal
- Eats less than usual
- Reports a fever of 100.4 degrees or more
- May be exhausted.
The doctor can help you control the colic, through the pressure.
A number of home remedies may have beneficial effects on the symptoms of colic.
There are not many colic treatments available. There are, however, things that a mother can do when treating a baby with colic.
Soothing them is often a matter of trying out different methods and following those who work-infants respond differently to soothing when they have colic.
The following ideas may help
- Wrapping a child tightly in a blanket during a crying episode can help.
- Many babies are responding well to being carried.
- Hold the child upright while you are feeding. Which makes it less likely that the water is swallowed.
- More frequent, smaller feeds can help.
- Breastfeeding mothers can find that they resist tea, coffee, spicy foods and alcohol.
- A hypoallergenic diet can improve mother conditions, indicated by some evidence. The diet lacks milk, meat, wheat and nuts.
- Other parents have found that giving a pacifier to a child helps to ensure that the bottle teat holes are of the right size. The baby will swallow more air during each feed if they are too little. You can buy a variety of bottle teats online.
- Make sure that after a feed you burped your child. Place your baby straight and hold your head and neck back against your side. Rub your back and you get the wind out of your belly. The baby normally collects some milk.
- Sometimes it can make crying worse by picking up and lying down a child. The safety of a child is usually better in a quiet place with dim light. Put them for a while in the crib when the child feels better.
- Many people find it helps to put the baby down as a car drive to walk with the scooter. Or whatever keeps your kid on the go a child sling will make her arms less tiring.
- A ambient tone, such as a washing machine or an asphalt cleaner, often helps children to relax.
- Colic can also help to tear up parents with a warm bath and gentle massage, but it does little to alleviate long-term health problems.
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