What to do when your child has colic?

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Does your baby suffer from colic? About one fifth of babies get colic, and it equally affects boys and girls. In general, it appears at around two to four weeks of age and can last for three months, or longer. Colic is thought by many to be a harmless condition, although it can be very upsetting for parents or care givers when it comes to coping with colic

Symptoms

Look out for the way your baby holds its hands and legs, if checking for colic: if they pull in their legs towards the abdomen in a squeezing motion and clench fists or trash around due to severe abdominal pain, it is usually colic. When accompanied by loud and continuous crying, which has many new parents thinking the baby may be hungry, it usually points to a case of colic.

Remedies for colic

First best thing to help with colic symptoms is white noise. White noise is any continuous noise with the same tone such as running a vacuum cleaner, washing machine, hair dryer, etc. This is a fantastic way to calm your colicky baby. Also taking a ride around the block is a great ideal way to deal with colic symptoms. Riding in the car is great since the baby gets that comforted feeling in the car seat, the movement of you rocking him/her and the white noise of your vehicle.

Colic can lead to loud, painful nights for both you and the baby. Reducing colic means reducing gas, possible with the right bottle for colic. You want to find something that will help to bring restful nights back, pushing away the misery. With so many bottles on the market, though, you might not know where to start. Colicky babies can start to relax, feeling better and enjoying their time eating, if you find a good bottle. You will not have to worry about gas building up, causing him or her to go into a fit every night. They will eat, relax, and sleep without any of the pain or problems that come with colic. Knowing how important it is, you need to find something you can trust.

Carry your baby for at least three hours a day and see if that helps relieve colic symptoms. You probably think carrying a crying baby for three hours is more than you can take, but if it helps calm your baby it is certainly worth a try. Consider buying a baby sling or backpack to keep your arms free and baby strapped to your body and moving. Don’t worry about giving your child too much attention by doing this either because doctors say that babies under four or five months can’t receive too much so carrying them for three hours won’t be a problem and it just might help so give it a try.

Another natural remedy for colic, which is usually overlooked, is in the mothers eating habits. It is assumed that certain foods produce gas; this is then passed on to the child via the mother’s milk. When you are breastfeeding a very good idea would be to seek the opinion of a dietitian to look at what it is you are eating and cut or reduce the types of foods that can lead to the buildup of gas. However, if the mother is bottle feeding, perhaps try switching to soy milk rather than the regular kind or changing your baby’s formula. If you are formula feeding then consider a lactose free formula to see if this helps. If a baby is lactose intolerant and begins receiving lactose free milk then the colic will more than likely remedy itself quickly. You might also consider feeding your baby frequently, but small amounts. It is proven that babies can digest better when they eat a very small amount at a time.

When breastfeeding always burp your child when he /she is feeding.

Use a pacifier to stop the child’s crying as soon as possible .When the baby’s crying spells are stopped as calmly and as quickly as possible the colic episodes are greatly shortened. A small amount of water mixed with sugar also helps the baby to calm down.

Massaging a colicky baby also goes a long way in reducing the discomfort. Position your baby across your lap as he/she lays on his/her belly and gently rub his/her back. This helps in getting rid of the air in your baby’s tummy and prevents gas.

Conclusion

Helping a baby with colic is challenging and frustrating. Just have patience and try and try again! Most people tend to feel like they are terrible parents, when they can’t seem to soothe their screaming baby, but this is completely normal. Just try one thing and if it doesn’t seem to help with your baby’s colic symptoms then try another. Let’s make them have a safe and healthy life. Remember, you’re not the only person who has had to go through this and you’re not the only person who has felt frustrated and distressed.

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