You’re a new mom with a month-old baby, and yes, you are totally, exceptionally tired! Thinking that nothing else can make you even more exhausted? Oh yes. Colic in your baby does just that! Uncontrollable and inconsolable baby crying can keep any mom or dad at their wit’s end! Every parent desperately hopes for these crying spells to magically stop. As if it isn’t already distressing for your baby, it can be frustrating for you as well. If your little one is crying continuously almost every night, it could be baby colic.
What is baby colic?
Interestingly, baby colic has a pattern known as “the rule of three.” This makes colic possible to distinguish from other causes of infant discomfort. If your seemingly healthy baby is crying for more than three hours a day, for more than three days a week, for three weeks usually during the evening, chances are, your little one is colicky. Curled up legs, clenched fists and tense abdominal muscles are other signs of colic.
The single cause of baby colic remains unidentified. However, there are several factors suspected to contribute to the condition. These include an immature digestive system, the developing brain and changes in the normal bacteria in baby’s stomach. Other factors could be something in the mom’s diet (if breastfeeding) and unhealthy habits like smoking.
Tips for dealing with baby colic
Many other parents can give a chockful of good advice based on their experience. However, there’s no single management when dealing with baby colic. What works for one baby may be ineffective for another. Below are suggestions to ease discomfort caused by colic.
- Always burp baby after feeding by placing him or her across your lap on his belly. It can also help to rub his back.
- Walk your baby or change position until he feels the reassuring gestures. This can help relieve any tension and discomfort. Babywearing with wraps or carriers may also help some babies.
- Calm the baby with sound or even white noise. Some moms swear by their hair blower! Buzzing noises or those with soft swishing noises can mimic the sounds in the womb. This can help make baby more comfortable.
- With your pediatrician’s recommendation, try probiotics that can balance the good and bad bacteria inside baby’s tummy.
- Some babies calm by reducing stimulants by dimming the light and keeping the environment quiet. Swaddling the baby may also help.
- A warm bath and a tummy massage can help. A warm bath can soothe and calm your little one while also easing any gas that may have accumulated in his tummy. A warming massage, especially in the tummy, chest and back areas, can also work. You may also want to use baby oil with a calming scent to boost its effects.
- Gas-relief medications may help if the condition persists and nothing else is working. There are various products available to help ease gas. Activated charcoal may also help. Be sure to talk with your pediatrician before giving your baby any medication.
And don’t forget to calm yourself as well! Every mom can get too distressed and frustrated, and end up very much overwhelmed. A comforting thought is that colic usually improves by the age of 3 months.
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