Colic Babies | What Is Colic - What To Do | Tips To Calm Your Crying Baby
Does your infant have a regular fussy period each day when it seems you can do nothing to comfort your child? If the crying does not stop, but intensifies and persists throughout the day or night, it may be because they are one of those colic babies.
About 1/5th of all babies develop colic, usually between the second and fourth weeks. They cry inconsolably, often screaming, extending or pulling up their legs, and passing gas. Their stomachs may be enlarged or distended with gas. The crying spells can occur around the clock, although they often become worse in the early evening.
What Cause Your Toddler To Become Colic Babies?
Unfortunately, there is no specific explanation to this condition for why this happens.
Most often, colic means simply that the child is unusually sensitive to stimulation or cannot “self-console” or regulate the nervous system. As your child matures, this inability to self-console—marked by constant crying—will improve.
Generally the “colic babies” will stop by 3-4 months, but it can last until six months of age. Sometimes, in breastfeeding babies, colic is a sign of sensitivity to a food in the mother’s diet.
The discomfort is caused only rarely by sensitivity to milk protein in formula. Colicky behavior also may signal a medical problem, such as a hernia or some type of illness.
The Symptoms Of Colic In Your Toddler
You are not sure whether your baby is colic or not, there are significant signs and symptoms that will help you figure out the colic baby condition in your toddler:
- Crying occurs at the same time every day, usually in the late afternoon or early evening, but it can vary
- Crying seems to occur for no reason, not because baby has a dirty diaper or is hungry or tired
- Baby may pull up his legs, clench his fists and generally move his legs and arms more
- He also often will close his eyes or open them very wide, furrow his brow, even hold his breath briefly
- Bowel activity may increase, and he may pass gas or spit up
- Eating and sleeping are disrupted by the crying baby frantically seeks a nipple only to reject it once sucking has begun, or dozes for a few moments only to wake up screaming
What The Differences Between Ordinary And Colic Crying?
While the exact cause of colic is a mystery, experts do know it’s not the result of genetics or anything that happened during pregnancy or childbirth. Nor is it any reflection on parenting skills or lack of them, in case you’re wondering. And it’s also not anyone’s fault.
Newborns have a built-in mechanism for tuning out sights and sounds around them, which allows them to sleep and eat without being disturbed by their environment.
Near the end of the first month, however, this mechanism disappears leaving babies more sensitive to the stimuli in their surroundings. With so many new sensations coming at them, some infants become overwhelmed, often at the end of the day.
Not good digestive system
Digesting food is a big task for a baby’s brand new gastrointestinal system. As a result, food may pass through too quickly and not break down completely, resulting in pain from gas in the intestines.
Food allergies or sensitivity
Some experts believe that colic is the result of an allergy to milk protein or lactose intolerance in formula-fed babies. More rarely, colic may be a reaction to specific foods in Mom’s diet in breastfed babies. Either way, these allergies or sensitivity can cause tummy pain that may set off colicky behavior.
Tips On How To Soothe Colic Babies
- If you’re nursing, you can try to eliminate milk products, caffeine, onions, cabbage, and any other potentially irritating foods from your own diet
- If you are feeding formula to your baby, talk with your pediatrician about a protein hydrolysate formula. If food sensitivity is causing the discomfort, the colic should decrease within a few days of these changes
- Do not overfeed your baby, which could make uncomfortable. In general, try to wait at least two to two and a half hours from the start of one feeding to the start of the next one
- Walk your baby in a baby carrier to soothe the crying, the motion and body contact will reassure the discomfort
- Rock her, run the vacuum in the next room, or place your kid where he/she can hear the clothes dryer, a fan or a white-noise machine
- Steady rhythmic motion and a calming sound may help your kid fall asleep. However, be sure to never place your child on top of the washer/dryer
- Introduce a pacifier. While some breastfed babies will actively refused it, it will provide instant relief for others
- Lay your baby tummy-down across your knees and gently rub her back. The pressure against your child’s belly will be comforting
- Swaddle your toddler in a large, thin blanket so that your kid feels secure and warm
Remember It’s Not Personal
When your baby rejects your attempts to console her or seems angry with you, remind yourself that she’s too young to comprehend the concept of blame. And while there are ways to try to console her, colic has nothing to do with your parenting skills.
Share baby care with your partner. Have a friend or relative take over for you once in a while so you can take a peaceful walk or a refreshing shower.
If you find yourself becoming angry or frustrated with your baby, take a deep breath and gently lay her in her crib. Then call a friend or a relative to come and stay with your baby while you calm down.
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