How To Handle Baby’s Colic
Colic in babies also known as infantile colic can be quite painful for the little one as well as the parents.What really is Colic? It is a condition where your little one can have long bouts of crying incessantly and nothing can seem to calm them down. The ironic part is that otherwise your child is happy and healthy. Well, that is not ironic it is a blessing. But the bouts of crying can be very hard on the little one and the new mom who is struggling with so many hormonal and lifestyle changes. Colic starts as early as the first week and can easily carry on for a good 2 – 3 months. Sounds scary right? Well, the good news is that it can be treated and most definitely controlled to cause least discomfort to the infant and invariably goes away maximum by the time the baby is 4 months old.
Colic’s exact cause is unknown, and that’s why there’s no one way to help it. It occurs between 5 and 25% of infants with equal percentage in boys and girls. Some theories of what’s behind it say it could be the cow’s milk in different baby’s formula, Gas in tummy, a Moody baby, Acid Reflux etc. However don’t leave any chances of doubt. Get your baby thoroughly checked up to rule out any other infections or problems that cause the crying spells.
Since the cause is unknown there is little or no scope for medical treatment. The best bet is to try home remedies and conventional methods and hope that something works for your little baby. Since every baby is different what applies to one baby may not apply to the other. It is also advisable to seek your paediatrician’s help and suggest ways to help you out.
Some Tips to control Colic:-
- Nursing – If you are a breast feeding mom, be sure to take note of your diet. In all circumstances try and avoid gassy food. Cut down your dairy intake and caffeine. Switch to Soya milk instead of regular milk.
- Massaging – Masaaging your baby with the correct strokes also helps in easing a colicky baby. Gentle upward strokes from the base of the stomach and putting the baby over your shoulder comforts them tremendously.
- Bottle Feeding – If you are bottle feeding your baby, use plastic lined nipples and burp your baby frequently.
- Sitting Upright – Post feeds, meals try and keep your baby upright even if with support. If the baby spits sit them straight and massage their back top to bottom.
Based on your baby’s needs, try and understand what could help him to ease his discomfort in the best possible manner. This usually means trying one calming method at a time to see if it helps and, if it doesn’t in a few days, moving on to another one.
Colic is as common as a cold or a cough in a baby and there is nothing to worry about it. By stressing yourself, colic wouldn’t go it would just make it harder for you to deal with. As such with the baby’s non-stop crying the whole household routine will be disrupted. Ensure that you deal with it calmly and intelligently and soon it will be behind you.