Colic is a very common, yet a painful problem for both infants and their mothers. While, babies go through this painful phase, especially when they are not able to express, their mothers also get stressed seeing their little ones in pain. According to a research, around 49% of parents feel that colic is the most distressing ailment that parents have to deal with.
Colic in infants can occur due to various reasons. Generally, it starts around 3 weeks and may continue for several hours. Since, the baby is unable to express, he/she cries and wails, which is more painful for the parents. Colic pain can happen due to:
Immature Digestive System:
A newborn baby’s digestive system still immature and not fully developed, so digestion is still a problem for them as food might not be getting fully broken causing colic pain.
GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease) is one of the main reasons for colic. This happens due to underdeveloped esophagus, which gets corrected with age. This irritation includes spitting up after food or poor eating.
Inside the womb, babies are not exposed to a lot of stimuli. But, once they ate out, they see a lot of new things and stimulus and not sure how to react. This can also make them cry.
Food Allergy or Sensitivity:
Food allergies can also be a reason for colic pain. After birth, their body still takes time to get adjusted to the environment. So, babies might get pain from the milk they take. Digestion or impurities in the food might cause colic pain as they are still sensitive to external food.
Babies generally, cry at the same time during the day or will clench their fists when experiencing colic. Other common colic signs include crying for no reason, increased bowel activity, passing gas and general restlessness.
Here Are Some Remedies You Could Try To Relieve Your Baby From Colic:
This is the most important thing to treat colic. After every feed, burp your baby in whatever position is suitable for you, like patting on the back or putting them on your shoulder. It’s important to release any gas inside the body, as it could lead to colic pain.
Massagases Around The Stomach:
Massage with oil around the navel area in circular motions. This will help release the gas and also reduce the pain.
Consult your doctor to prescribe colic drops in case of emergency. You can try natural methods first, but if the crying persists, then give the prescribed medicines. Do not give medicines to your infant without consulting the doctor.
Watch Their Feed:
Keep a check on their formula feed. If you think a certain formula feed is not suiting them, then consult the doctor and change it immediately. Ensure the bottles and nipples are always clean and sterilized.
Swaddle Or Use Music:
Swaddling or soothing music also helps to calm down the baby and gradually, might put them to sleep, so that they forget the pain.
Keep a Check On Your Diet:
Finally, watch what you eat. If you are breastfeeding, then your food intake affects the health of your baby. So, avoid spicy or junk food as far as possible. Avoid alcohol as well. Eat a healthy diet with fresh fruits and vegetables so the nutrition reaches your baby through the milk.
Colic pain in infants is a very common thing, and you need not feel guilty about it. It’s a phase for every newborn and they will gradually get over it. You can keep a close watch on their colic cues so that you can take preventive measures in time to alleviate the pain and discomfort to a certain extent.