Colic Babies : Latest Tips for New Parents

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How do I know if my baby has Colic?

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If your baby cries uncontrollably for hours…. chances are your baby has colic. The colic stage can begin as early as 3 weeks and extend to 3 months, even up to 5 months. Although upsetting, babies can be diagnosed with colic even if they are otherwise normal and healthy. Colic is not a disease and although it tends to peak between 6-8 weeks of age, colic won't cause any long term effects.

 

How do you tell if your baby’s crying is related to colic?

If your baby is experiencing diarrhea, vomiting, fever, mucus or blood in the stool, take him to see your doctor. These are not symptoms of colic.

Watch for the “3 pattern.” If your baby is crying uncontrollably for more than 3 hours a day, 3 or more days per week, and lasting for more than 3 weeks, this is the telltale sign that doctors use to diagnose that your baby is colicky.

It’s common for babies to cry when they are wet or hungry or frightened or tired or just plain cranky. But if your baby’s crying is inconsolable, seemingly unstoppable and excessive, and if it tends to happen at the same time of the day (mostly in the late afternoon or evening), then chances are good that your baby is colicky.
Other signs of a colicky baby is if his belly is bloated or enlarged. You may also notice that he is clenching his fists or alternating leg movements, pulling them up and extending them, and passing gas.

Why does your baby have colic, and what causes it?

The most common answer is that your baby has excessive gas in the belly. Doctors are not entirely sure what causes this, but it may be due to a baby’s undeveloped nervous system and sensitivities. As they get older, they learn to cope more with discomfort, but at this early age they may be highly sensitive to every discomfort, even if miniscule. Colic is not related to digestion problems, illnesses or other health conditions, and it is not at all your fault nor your baby’s fault. There is, however, some theories that point to the mother’s diet, if she is breastfeeding.

Can colic in breastfed babies be caused by the mothers diet?

There is lots of controversy about which foods mom includes in her diet that may influence – through her breast feeding – the baby’s colic condition. The #1 suspect is dairy. The first thing to try is to remove or minimize dairy from your diet (anything that comes from cow’s milk; butter, cheese, yogurt and milk) for a few weeks and see if it helps. You have to do this for at least a few weeks because cow’s milk proteins can remain in the body for 2 weeks. Beyond dairy products, there are other known suspects such as, alcohol, caffeine, garlic, strawberries, nuts, and cruciferous vegetables (i.e., broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage.) For the non-dairy suspects, you can usually tell in just a few days of eliminating them if they are a suspect in contributing to your baby’s colic.

If your baby increases his crying and fussiness again after you resume eating these foods, then you’ve most likely identified the problem. Once he outgrows his sensitivity (between 3 and 5 months of age) you can resume your normal diet as you please.

What can you do if your baby has colic? How can you ease the suffering?

Typically, if your baby has colic he will cry in the late afternoons and early evenings. If you’re able to pinpoint this pattern and predict his crying episodes, then there are a few steps you can take ahead of time to help. Keep visitors and all chaotic activity to a minimum during this time. Keep the room as quiet as possible and lower the lights. Remember even whispering can sound chaotic to a baby. Almost nothing will alleviate pain and discomfort, but perhaps the best known method of relaxing a baby who is upset and overtired, or to provide a soothing distraction away from his discomfort, is to play the Miracle BabySleep System CD soundtrack. It features the WombEffect technology which instantly reminds the baby of the peaceful, comforting and safe environment of the womb. If you can move the speakers close to the baby, it can also help mask other outside noises that may be occurring, such as outside traffic, television, phones ringing, talking, etc. The Miracle BabySleep System can be especially helpful if you know your baby has colic.

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