Colic is an infantile condition that is characterized by spasmodic pain in the abdomen, accompanied by irritability or crying. Colic also refers to gastric disorders or other digestive irritability in infants up to the age of three months. Colic is often due to alkaline and high-sodium conditions internally, but can also be caused by overfeeding, swallowing air, or emotional upsets.
- Paroxysms (sudden attacks) of crying
- Apparent abdominal pain
Some doctors believe that colic exists in order to change deeply ingrained relationship habits. Colic demands attention. As parents grope for solutions to their child's crying, they notice a new individual with new needs. They instinctively pay more attention, talk more to the child, and hold the child more - all because of the colic. Helping a child with colic is primarily a matter of experimentation and observation. Different children are comforted by different measures. The process involves trying a variety of approaches, and paying attention to what seems to help, even just a little bit.
- Holding your child is one of the most effective measures. The more hours they are held, even early in the day when they are not fussy, the less time they will be fussy in the evening. This will not spoil your child. Singing lullabies to your baby can be powerfully soothing. It is no accident that lullabies have developed in almost every culture.
- As babies cry, they swallow more air, creating more gas and more abdominal pain, which causes more crying. This vicious cycle can be difficult to break. Gentle rocking can be very calming and comforting and seems to help babies pass gas. An infant swing is a good alternative for babies who are at least three weeks old with good head control. Holding your baby in an upright position may help (this aids the movement of gas and decreases heartburn). Often, a warm towel or a hot water bottle on the abdomen can help. Some children seem to do best when they are going for a ride in the car.
- There are many foods that breastfeeding moms should avoid. For example, stimulants such as caffeine, or caffeine related compounds (like those found in chocolate), should be avoided. The other foods in a mom's diet that are more likely to cause colic are dairy products and nuts. Experimentation and observation will help in determining which foods may cause colic in your baby.
- You can soothe your baby with 'white noise' from a TV or radio. The constant din from white noise numbs and soothes babies.
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