What is baby Colic?
Well many of us don’t even know what is this term Colic is ? but when it comes to the parents of colic baby its painful & even depressing.
Actually Colic babies cry one or two times a day by a healthy, well-fed child. Usually, such crying bouts last for a few hours daily and occur at least three times a week for more than three weeks. This problem is found in 5 to 25% of infants at some point. Starts when a baby is 2 or 3 weeks old and resolves gradually within a few months, usually by the time the baby is 4 to 6 months old.
What causes Colic
Huge amount of research on this condition, the actual cause is still not clear. Research suggests this may be related to a change in the level of hormones that control the movement of gut muscles. Another theory is that babies with colic may have an abnormal balance of germs (bacteria) in their gut, which gradually corrects itself over a few weeks. Smoking during pregnancy and also taking nicotine replacement treatment during your pregnancy does increase the risk of your baby developing baby colic. Being in a smoky atmosphere (passive smoking) also increases the risk. Colic is more common in babies who are born prematurely.
Symptoms of Colic :
Colic is common and can affect up to three out of ten babies.
Symptoms of colic are pain, crying, moaning, finicky behavior and cramping. In some cases, some babies also show symptoms like frequent vomiting, a change in stools, unstable body temperature, and poor weight gain.
Simple remedies to make your baby comfortable in such situation
- Warm bath : Give baby a warm bath, massaging the tummy area gently to relieve painful trapped gas. It will distract and make baby sleep.
- Oil massage: This is best old way to make your baby comfortable. massage from Olive oil in clockwise will help keep the baby warm, ensure proper digestion and prevent gas.
- Burp Your Baby: Always burp your baby after feed it will help release gas and prevent air pockets from forming in the stomach that can cause a lot of discomfort.
- Asafetida: Add a pinch of asafetida powder to 1 tablespoon of water. Heat the solution, then allow it to cool. Rub this solution around your baby’s navel (do not put in the navel). Repeat this treatment 2 or 3 times a day for best results.
After taking all precautions and doing all if still baby is crying and colicky do meet your predication as he is best to guide you.
Advice for parents
Take care of yourself. Babies with colic are difficult at their best moments and downright exhausting the rest of the time. Put your baby down and walk away if you feel yourself getting agitated. Never allow yourself to become angry or frustrated to the point of shaking your child. The delicate blood vessels in babies’ brain can tear and bleed with a violent shaking movement, causing brain damage and sometimes even death. Remember that colic isn’t something you’ve caused, so give yourself a break from time to time, whether it’s scheduling to have a neighbor babysit for a few hours, or coming up with a schedule of “duty” between you and your spouse. Take care!!