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By: - at June 22, 2013

Colic in Babies: Causes, Reliefs, and Facts

Colic Baby Introduction
Colic is a very common problem that a baby (and his sleep deprived parents) has to go through in his early days. It is a condition that starts and vanishes on its own. Colic starts at around 6 weeks and vanishes at around 3 months for most children. For some, it is an ordeal they go through till they are 1. Officially, Colic is confirmed when an otherwise healthy baby cries continuously for more than 3 hours a day and that too more than 3 times a week. Despite of all the stress it gives the new parents, colic has not been classified as a disease.

Research shows that colic in babies increases the stress level of the parents to a great level and makes them anxious and doubtful. The parents often start with doubting their parenting skills and end up making all the wrong decisions. The consistent crying of the baby, often takes the attention from any underlying health problem that has gone unnoticed so far. The stress levels usually blur the judgment capabilities of the parents and their anxiety in some cases adds up to the discomfort of the baby. Hence, in many cases, this becomes a cyclic loop where, the baby cries, then the parents cry and the babies cry some more, without anyone knowing the reason.

Colic - Causes
baby drinking milkColicky babies often cry at a particular time in the day, mostly early in the evening and take hours to settle down and get comfortable. This constant crying causes a lot of distress to the parents and mostly leave new parents clue less and frustrated. But what parents have to keep in mind is that colic is nobody’s fault. It is a natural process and almost every baby goes through it.

Research suggests that in almost 90% of cases, the colic of the baby is not related to the diet but 10% of it may be due to some allergy and lactose intolerance. Studies often suggest that the babies who are not breastfed are more likely to have colic than their counterparts. Some doctors also suggest that the diet of the mother is also responsible for colic in the babies. Mothers are generally advised to avoid cow’s milk, caffeine and onions. In general, colic is believed to be caused by gas trapped in the baby’ stomach. So, most of the traditional methods revolve around releasing the gas from the body.

Despite of all the research, the main reason for colic is still not known. There are different notions and beliefs across the globe and are treated differently. But nothing substantial is known to treat colic in a sure shot way.

Hence, during the infancy, almost all parents face the colic challenge and go through a difficult phase of doubting their parenting skills. Also, it can cause the parent to wonder if the child is picking up on problems between the parents (non-existent), even though its not the reason at all.

Following are a few potential explanations behind colic:

  1. Lactose Intolerance
  2. Muscle Spasms in intestine
  3. Gas in the intestines
  4. Immature nervous system
  5. Stomach Ache

Colic – Relief
Colic does not have a medicine. But there are various things that frustrated parents have tried world over and seem to work for them. Some of such relief remedies that can be tried are:

  1. Using burp drops to release the gas entrapped in the intestinal tract.
     
  2. rocking a baby to sleepSome babies like to be rocked and comforted. Holding the baby on a rocking chair has proved to be helpful in a lot of cases.
     
  3. Vibrating chairs come in very handy when soothing a colicky baby. Rhythmic motions tend to relax the baby and put them to sleep.
     
  4. Many parents have tried taking the baby for a car ride. The constant noise and the motion of the car tends to soothe and relax the baby in a lot of cases.
     
  5. Colicky babies like the constant sound of machines and surprisingly calm down to their noise so this option can be tried by putting the baby in the same room with a washing machine or a vacuum cleaner.

Colic – Facts

  1. happy baby eatingColicky babies are generally very healthy babies with a very good appetite.
     
  2. It is very common to spit up some curdled milk in babies. But if the baby vomits, (large quantities of milk), it’s a signal to call a doctor immediately.
     
  3. Babies with colic have normal stools. Any sign of diarrhea or blood in stool is a sign of some other illness.

In short, colicky babies are like any other babies, or we can safely say all the babies are colicky in general. So, the parents should not worry about it as a disease and concentrate on finding a relaxing technique that works for their baby. Colic vanishes as fast as it arrives. So, best to hold on to those parenting aprons and wait it out.



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