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What is Colic? Many colicky babies may pull up their legs or extend their legs, clench their fists, and pass gas. Some may have hardened or distended tummies filled with gas. Gas does not cause colic, but seems to be a symptom of colic from babies swallowing too much air when they are crying. The crying is often worse in the evening hours.
The crying of a colicky baby often seems discomforting, intense and as if the baby is in pain. Colic usually reaches its peak at weeks after birth. A colicky baby is not an unhealthy baby. Babies with colic often need to be held and comforted more which will not result in a spoiled child, despite common concerns. What Causes Colic? Studies have shown colic and cows milk in mothers diet to be related.
Bottle-fed babies may be intolerant of certain proteins in their formula. Overfeeding the infant or feeding too quickly It appears that infants whose mothers smoked during pregnancy have twice the risk of developing colic Intestinal gas resulting from too much air swallowed while having crying fits Not burping after a feeding or incorrect positioning after a feeding A low birth weight baby Hunger Acid reflux Treatments for Colic There is no proven cure for colic since there is no definitive cause. The following list is some of the most common things used to relieve crying or decrease colic: Holding your child is one of the most effective treatments.
The more hours held, even when they are not fussy, the less time they will be fussy in the evening.
Breastfeeding mothers may need to evaluate what they are eating by keeping a food and crying diary. This is the direction the intestines work.
Calming Colic: How to help the 10 causes of colic - Five Little Doves
Bottle-fed babies may have an allergy or reaction to ingredients in their formula and may need to be switched to something different. Kian was a colicy baby and i was at my wits end until we visited the chiropracter who worked magic with him. This is so interesting! My daughter had colic and after reading the list of possible causes I can really see why she did now.
Every new mum who has a baby with colic needs this book. It was a real lightbulb moment reading the book, I found myself nodding along and realising that all of my concerns were completely justified! Aww, she is a beauty! My baby had colic really bad when he was newborn but thankfully he seems to be growing out of it now he is a bit more active.
Sounds horrific — so young yet such a big problem. I have always deplored how some doctors act like colic is nothing. It is something! Babies are not designed to cry for no reason, all day every day. Babies cry when something is wrong.
It sounds like you know your stuff! I had on clue that these things contributed to colic, reading this book just made it all click into place! My friend had a baby that suffered from collic and tried everything, it really exhausted her. I think she would have loved to read this. Colic is awful, for baby and the parents! I would recommend this book to anyone who is struggling! This is actually really Amazing! I wish I had known about cranial osteopath before. I was blessed with such luck.
How to Calm a Fussy Baby: Tips for Parents & Caregivers
I really glad you have shared this to help others. I so wish I had known all of this back then. The power of hindsight! This sounds like such a great book. Colic is one of those things that I feel like all new parents should be told more about before having their baby.
I only realised a few months ago that Ella probably suffered from it for a few months when she was really little. But being a first time parent with no awareness of colic, we had no idea and so suffered without any help either. I can only imagine the relief you must have felt to see little Megan calm in the hands of the specialist and to finally feel that you were being given some answers and a solution. Thanks for sharing this with DreamTeam.
I have no doubt that it will be a huge support to other parents that need this help too.
Thanks lovely. It was such a relief to finally understand it all, at the time I felt as though I was going crazy!! I would recommend the book to anyone who is struggling! Thanks for sharing with stayclassymama!
Doctors outright refuse to accept that the antibiotics can contribute, but everyone you ask will tell you differently! Christian really knows his stuff, I have recommended this book to everyone! Oh what a nightmare hun and that first year must have been so stressful. We thought that our daughter hadcolic and we were forever giving infacol. She used to scream until red in the face and would hunch her legs up. The phase eventually passed. Poor you having to go through that. Thanks for linking up at fortheloveofBLOG.
Claire x. Doctors are notoriously useless when it comes to this kind of thing too! Oh wow this was me and my Little P for the first 10 weeks of her life! It was awful. But my niece had it and this book would have been perfect for my SIL.