For the parents of a child with baby colic, life can be tough, as you try every thing to ease your baby’s discomfort but with no results.
Let’s start by saying what baby colic is.
The word colic comes from the old Greek word for intestines which comes from the word colon.
The medical term for baby colic is:
A condition in a healthy baby in which they show intense periods of crying, for longer than 3 hours a day, for 3 days a week, and for 3 weeks or longer.
Doctors do now say that any sudden or severe crying in an infant is baby colic.
Baby colic (also known as infantile colic) often appears suddenly.
It can arrive in the first month of a baby’s life and after many weeks of distress can go as quickly as it came.
The crying may get worse at key times of the day often late afternoon and early evening.
You may be able to set a clock by them as they start the evening fretting at exactly the same time each day.
Baby colic can last from 1 to 4 months of age but can stay for up to 6 months.
It does tend to peak at about 6 to 9 weeks of age and then begin to improve.
Now, as any parent will tell you, hearing a baby cry, even for a short time is hard, it’s up setting for you and others around you and is very tiring.
So if you have to survive longer bouts of crying it can be very draining indeed.
Baby may go from being quite peaceful to suddenly without warning starting to cry and all that you try fails to calm your little one.
Knowing the causes can help you to understand baby colic and help you also cope with the symptoms.
Baby colic causes
How do babies become colicky
Speak to any doctor or nurse and they will say that baby colic causes are still not clear but there are a few ideas as to what may cause it.
The first idea is that baby colic is caused by excess stomach gas in their upper tummy that makes them feel discomfort.
This may be caused by poor winding or your baby finding it hard to burp.
Tummy spasms caused by an immature digestive system that is getting use to having to digest milk every day is another idea. This may cause trapped wind in the lower tummy.
Other ideas for baby colic causes are muscle spasms in the digestive system or trauma in baby after a long birth.
If your baby is more sensitive to the world around him and finds it hard to switch off at the end of a busy day he may become ‘over done’ and as he tries to work out his day, it may cause him to become upset and tricky to settle.
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