How to Deal With Infant Colic
Colic is not some strange disease that you should worry about. As a matter of fact, it is really rather common especially to infants who are barely a year old. Still, the constant screaming and fidgeting can worry many parents, specially if this is the first time that they have came across such a problem. After all constant crying could be the result of a lot of things not just a colic.
This is the reason why it's crucial for parents to understand just what colic is and to recognize its signs and symptoms.
There is really no recognized cause of colic. In spite of being rather common, medical experts still have no idea what to make of this problem. It normally begins on the first few weeks, especially during the third week. It peaks at two months of age and then lessens at the third to fourth month. Through the fourth month, there will usually be no more episodes of colic.
Colic is supposedly a painful gaseous feeling brought on my stomach ache. Babies, who are unused to the problem and cannot convey the pain, will cry for almost an hour up to as much as five hours. They'll scream at the top of their lungs. This can be actually surprising for parents who are not accustomed to seeing their usually quiet and angelic babies in this kind of mood.
Colic often happens in babies who are big and active, particularly those who are great eaters and those who grow really well. These babies will generally have colic episodes at specific time of day, often after each meal.
Because there is no known cause of colic, there's also no cure. There is nothing a parent can do but make the episode as comfortable as possible for the infant and naturally to lessen the pain and be sure that it will not get worse.
Below are a few tips that will help you subside the effects of colic and make sure that you're helping your baby and not aggravating the situation.
First advice that parents must heed is to not overfeed the baby. Occasionally, when babies cry, parents' first instincts is to feed them, believing that they are hungry. Before feeding them, be sure that they are hungry and not having a colic.
Another thing that parents should look out for is the food that they eat. This is especially true with mommies who are breastfeeding. Some babies are allergic to certain types of food and while you are not feeding those foods straight off to him, they will still get the allergens through the milk that you give them.
Foods that are typically avoided are onions, caffeine, cabbage, beans, and other foods that produce gas. Juices may also lead to colic so make sure that your juices are diluted with water or just make them drink pure water if not drinking milk.