What exactly is it?
Colic is the expression used to refer to infants who cry non stop and seem irritable. You may try everything to settle your baby, but it can’t be settled.
As a mum it can be emotionally draining to see your baby cry incessantly and not knowing what to do. A crying baby doesn’t mean you are a bad parent; more than 60 percent of babies in Australia suffer from colic in infancy. Sometimes even doctors don’t know what to do to calm the baby.
What causes colic?
There is no enough evidence to suggest what exactly causes colic among the majority of babies; there are many theories that include,
- Bubbles of wind: One theory is that the formation of bubbles of wind in your baby’s stomach can be the cause of crying.
- Digestive problems: It is said that sometimes baby’s guts are sensitive to the compounds in milk, and the digestion process may be painful resulting in a crying baby.
- Nappy rash and other sources of irritation
- Excess gas
What should I do to relieve my baby’s symptoms?
If your baby has been crying non stop and seems irritable then you know your baby has colic. Sometimes there won’t be any set pattern to your baby’s crying, it can cry anytime for hours. Some days it may cry in the morning and sometimes in the evenings. Your baby’s colic might often leave you frustrated and emotional. To relive your baby’s symptoms you can try,
Infant massage:There are specific techniques to massage your baby to make it feel comfortable. You can check at the hospital or with your doctor if there are any infant massage centers that you can take your baby to or learn massage techniques from.
Armotherapy oils:there are some theories that suggest massaging you baby with armotherapy oils will help ease your baby’s discomfort. Check with your doctor about specifics of using such oils.
Baby slings:Sometimes parents put their babies in slings and keep the baby close to them. This position and the closeness are supposed to comfort a crying baby.