Colic in Babies

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Colic is an unexplainable unsettled period where your baby is crying for a long time, sometimes for hours, and is inconsolable. The true definition is crying for more than 3 hours per day, for more than 3 days per week for more than 1 week and no failure to thrive. If your baby is feeding normally and your doctor says that everything is fine, then try not to worry. Our tips may help.

What is colic?

Your baby cries, is agitated (won’t stop wriggling) and passes wind. According to statistics, up to 1 in 5 babies, both breastfed and bottle fed, between the ages of two weeks and six months suffer from colic. There can be several causes of crying but when there is no obvious cause, and no failure to thrive, fever or illness, the inconsolable periods of crying are labelled colic. Possible causes of colic in babies may include:

  • an immature nervous and digestive system
  • parents’ anxiety perceived by the baby
  • overfeeding
  • food intolerance or allergy
  • an unbalanced micro-flora
  • or overly frequent changes in infant formula

Typical signs of colic

  • Your adorable little baby, who up until now has amazed you with their calm nature and regular growth, starts to cry repeatedly throughout the day and several times during the night
  • Your baby is irritable and is inconsolable and unhappy

Combined with your tiredness, you are finding it harder and harder to cope with this sudden change in attitude. Be sure to have them checked with your healthcare professional, what your baby is experiencing may be colic.

 What can you do?

Here are some tips you can use to help your baby.

  • If breastfeeding, work with your health professional to continue.
  • If you are bottle-feeding, limit air intake via the teat as much as possible – try an anti-reflux system and make sure you burp your baby properly.
  • Don’t change infant formula without seeking the advice of a healthcare professional and make sure you use the correct scoop and quantities of powder and water.
  • Discuss with your doctor about possible treatment options.
  • Massage your baby’s stomach gently in a clockwise direction, place a warm heat-pack wrapped in a towel on their tummy (warmth is excellent for relieving pain);
  • Give your baby a warm bath.
  • It is important to note that sucking calms intestinal pain and your baby will want to feed all the time. The risk is your baby overfeeds, resulting in more stomach discomfort.

Talk to your health care professional for advice on colic treatments, as there is emerging evidence about a role for certain probiotics in helping to reduce the crying associated with colic.
BioGaia Probiotic Drops is a probiotic supplement for infant colic relief. ALWAYS READ THE LABEL. FOLLOW DIRECTIONS FOR USE. IF SYMPTOMS PERSIST OR WORSEN, TALK TO YOUR HEALTH PROFESSIONAL.

Note: The views and advice expressed on this blog post are those of the author and are not representative of the Pregnancy Babies & Children's Expo.

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