Colic is that condition of an infant in which he/she cries or moans for a prolonged duration of time. This happens more in the first forty days after the birth of the baby but continues till he/she completes one year of age. Colic is observed lesser in breastfed babies.
The colic may become worse if the woman tries to overfeed the baby, give high sugar content food or liquid or if there is any kind of anxiety among the members of the family. Colic is the worst pain that the infant faces at very early stage of his/her life. The parents find it difficult to deal with it as they are not aware of the reason behind the pain. Almost all the babies face the problem of colic.
Symptoms Of Colic
The basic symptoms of the colic is that the baby cries repeatedly for longer durations particularly the same time of the day or night or after taking feed, child shows discomfort by pulling his or her knees towards chest, stomach is hard and bloated, fists are clenched, shows difficulty in sleeping, shows irritation towards everything.
Causes Of Colic
The air is pushed into the mouth of the baby while taking mother’s feed as there is a gap between the nipples and mouth of the baby which causes colic.
The digestive system of the infants cannot process the food as it is immature. The probiotics are not adequate to aid proper digestion. The food that a mother takes contains some allergens that pass to the baby at the time of breastfeed and causes bloating in the baby.
Suggestion To Overcome Colic Pain
The problem of colic is very common. All the concern should be discussed with your pediatrician without any hesitation. Another thing that should be kept in the mind is that it occurs more in healthy babies than unhealthy ones. The baby should not be given more milk that required by him/her.
Follow the schedule of baby feeding and quantity of milk to be given strictly. The breastfeed mothers should not consume caffeinated drinks, onion, cabbage, cauliflower, beans, peas, broccoli and other gas producing foods. The baby should not be given juice. Only plain water is advised that too after three months of his/her birth.
If you are giving infant formula to the baby then that infant formula should contain hydrolysate or a low-allergy formula like Nutramigen or alimentum should be given. The duration of the colic pain in the baby will decrease by giving low-allergy formulas. The attitude of all the members in the household should be positive towards the baby.
If you think you are under anxiety then give the responsibility to somebody else in the house who is feeling fine. Swaddle the baby into a cozy blanket to give her/him the warmth in winters. The probiotics that help to improve the digestion can be given to the babies after a certain period of his or her age but this should be given only after consulting the pediatrician.