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One of the parts of motherhood I did not enjoy was seeing the girls go through colic. My youngest did not suffer as much as my eldest and it was a tough time to go through. It always seemed to happen in the evening, after 8pm and often left us exhausted.
Colic usually shows up a few weeks after birth and is described as being uncontrollable crying in a healthy baby. It is usually at roughly the same time each day. Signs that indicate your baby may have colic are:
– Crying for no apparent reason
– Cries can be louder and more high pitched
– Crying happens at roughly the same time each day. It is usually later afternoon or evening.
– Your baby arching his/her back
– Your baby clenching his/her fists or drawing up knees to the stomach
– A flushed face
No one is certain what causes colic but there are a number of possibilities such as infant acid reflux, an immature digestive system, food allergies to over simulated senses. Taking in too much air when feeding is also a possible cause.
So what can you do to help ease your baby’s symptoms?
- Winding after feeding: My girls were bottle fed, and ensuring they were winded after feeding could help reduce symptoms.
- Correct positioning: If breastfed ensure baby is well positioned at the breast.
- Baby massage: This was something suggested to me by my health visitor. You can try massaging the tummy clockwise. What seemed to help my girls was lifting the knees and rotating them gently clockwise over the tummy. Speak to your health visitor or baby massage videos can be found online.
- Carrying baby upright: A sling may help, however we simply held the girls in an upright postition and paced the room. The movement of walking and rocking can help sooth baby.
- Colic medicine such as Infacol: Over the counter medicines can help with regular use.
- Warm bath: Could help relax baby and ease the crying.
- Dummy/Pacifier: This can help comfort your baby and calm them down as they can gain some comfort from sucking.
- Make white noise: The noise of items such as the vacuum can be comforting to baby as it is said to mimick the sound in the womb.
Dealing with colic can be exhausting, both mentally and physically. I can safely say it was one of the most exhausting times of early parenthood we experienced. Having to deal with not only sleepless nights but hours of crying in the evening took its toll. But colic is something that happens to 1 in 5 babies and the good news is that it WILL pass. Colic generally improves by 4 – 6 months.
Maxi had colic and it left me crying as much as him. We ended up trying out a cranial osteopath and cofeilf plus different gentle formula and the mixture of all three worked for us
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I’m so glad to be past this stage, it was awful having a colicky baby. Being upright on Dads chest was the winner! Mich x
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my daughter had colic and it was really hard! We used infacol and tried to keep her upright as much as possible.
We were lucky enough to avoid it,but it does sound hellish.
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We found a couple of visits to a chiropracter was all it needed to cure ours – that and giving up strawberries
Great tips, I’d forgotten all about colic and how hard it can be.
STOP using medications for crying babies. the problem with mothers is that, they don’t understand the concept of colic. There are some things or tips that are required of the parents to keep their babies happy and give them rest of mind and for the baby to healthy with comfort. Crying babies cry because you don’t seem to understand them, they can not communicate verbally, so you need to be proactive in solving their problems
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Thanks for this wonderful guide on baby colic. I know there are a lot of products out there to help soothe colic in a baby. But what if the mother is so busy (usually with work) and can’t really make use of a specific product such as a carrier or swaddle blanket? What do you advise in such a situation? Thanks.
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yes baby massage is most important for baby to prevent colic and even best to make baby skin healthy, soft and nourishing. best content you’ve written for colic bearing babies. moms should look at your blog. thanks for sharing and keep on sharing.
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