Colic In Infants - Causes, Symptoms and Remedies
Colic in infants is very stressful for parents. Newborn babies are already a challenge to take care of, but caring for a colicky baby can be beyond tiring and frustrating. Listening to your baby's continual crying for three to four months would cause anyone to feel more than a little frazzled, but remember: it will end.
You can create your own child health care plan and follow every tip in parenting books, but it probably won't prevent colic. There are, however, treatments that could make dealing with colic in infants easier on both you and your baby. First, you should know about the causes and symptoms of colic.
Causes Of Colic In Infants
Experts disagree on a single identifiable cause of colic, but there are a few common reasons they think it develops. Newborn babies have never processed food. As a result, their bodies have to learn how to digest. Until their bodies learn how to function properly, they could feel abdominal discomfort, causing them to cry for long periods of time.
Certain foods eaten by breast-feeding mothers could cause digestive upset, resulting in colic. It isn't the mother's fault, the infant may have a slight allergy or just can't digest things well enough yet.
Colic could also be developed if the infant has a lot of gas. Some experts think that newborns will be fussier if there is a lot of activity during their day.
Symptoms Of Colic
Unfortunately, the reason you're probably going to realize your infant has colic is that they've been crying for abnormally long periods of time with no obvious cause.
Their stomach might be hard, indicating a lot of bloating. Some symptoms happen around the same time of day, every day.
1. Clench their fists
2. Pull their knees to their chest
3. Arch their back
4. Pass a lot of gas
As a parent, once you discover something is wrong, you want to fix it. Sadly, there isn't a magical cure that will take away colic in infants.
Most babies naturally outgrow the condition over a few months, and then you'll never have to deal with it again (unless you have another colicky baby in the future, of course). But you can try to help ease the crying and discomfort with natural remedies like these:
1. Rock or walk your baby back and forth
2. Take them for a drive
3. Keep a feeding and sleeping routine
4. Swaddle them snugly in a blanket
5. Put them near noise or vibrations, such as vibrating toys or the dishwasher
6. Burp them more often
7. Play or sing soothing music
Remember that you aren't alone and that colic in infants will typically go away within a few months. In the meantime, you'll need breaks to relax. Don't be afraid to lean on your family and friends for support.
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