So, what is colic?
Colic is a condition that affects infants within the first three weeks of their life. It starts, well, out of nowhere. Your child could feel fine one day and then, spend the next day crying uncontrollably for seemingly no reason.
So, what is colic?
Colic can cause babies to excessively cry for about three hours a day, during about three days per week. Most of the time, babies can’t be consoled when they’re having a crying episode. With at least 25 percent of babies falling into a bout of colic within the first weeks of their life, many parents are tasked with treating their colicky baby for weeks on end.
Fortunately, many bouts of colic rarely last longer than three months.
By the time your child reaches six months old, their colic will have completely gone away.
What if your child has colic now? Is there a way to treat it? Fortunately, there are several ways to treat colic in infants and that’s the main reason why I started this blog.
It can be hard to find information about colic in infants when you’re treating an infant with the condition. In fact, many parents feel tense, stressed and, oftentimes, terrified when searching for over the counter and home remedies for colic. They think:
- Will this medication work on my child?
- Is this treatment safe to use?
- Will this medication stop my child’s colic symptoms?
- Can this treatment prevent colic symptoms from affecting my child again?
While these questions and many other questions plague the minds of parents looking for answers, they’re all good questions. And, there are no bad questions when it comes to taking care of your child’s health.
That brings us back to colic. Even though there are no concrete colic reasons or causes, there are two causes that are pretty recurrent in many children, as reported by their parents.
These causes are:
- Gastroesophageal reflux. This can cause babies to spit up after feeding, wake up restless and/or in pain at night or feel uncomfortable when they’re lying flat. GER is known to make infants regurgitate the contents of their stomach and digestive acids into their esophagus, irritating the sensitive lining while causing heartburn.This happens due to the immature formation of the valve-like muscle that joins the stomach to the esophagus in infants. When it’s not completely developed, it causes fluids to backflow into the esophagus.
- Allergens. Allergens in breast milk or formula can make infants experience abdominal or belly aches. Many infants who are allergic to certain allergens will show the same colic symptoms as infants with GER, in addition to bouts of diarrhea and a rash.Despite many resources pinpointing these causes as ‘colic causes,’ they’re not always the answer to why infants develop colic. Luckily, there are many ways to help relieve colic in infants.
Do you want to know the reason why I started this blog? I started this blog to help suggest recommended colic treatments to parents who have colicky babies. After all, there are many strategies out there for the treatment of colic, and that can confuse parents looking for the right strategy to treat colic symptoms in their child.
That’s where Colicky Baby comes in. I created this blog to compile in-depth information about the possible treatment options that you can find today. Just take a look to see for yourself.
So, how can you learn about the treatments for colic? There are many treatment options for a colic baby whether physical, medicinal or all natural.
Some of the best ‘soothing strategies’ for treating a colicky baby starts with keeping them as comfortable as possible. Here are some examples that my blog will feature as in-depth articles:
- Keep your child close by wearing them in a soft infant carrier.
- Give your infant a gentle massage. We have many tips and tricks to help parents make sure they’re gently and properly comforting their child.
- Holds and cradling. The way you hold your child can help make them feel much more comfortable when they’re experiencing colic symptoms.
- Play soft, calming music or sing soothing lullabies to your child—this is great for both moms and dads to do!
- Gently dance with your child in your arms, as the rocking and swaying can lull them calm.
- Keep a baby-safe mirror in their view. Seeing themselves will keep them distracted and curious to who’s staring right back at them!
- Give them gripe water. Gripe water is medicinal mixture of herbs (usually fennel, dill and caraway) that can help relax a child’s digestive tract. You can find gripe water at online retailers, pharmacies and drug stores.
Did you spot a ‘soothing strategy’ that can work for your child? These soothing strategies and many more are just a sample of the content I will be featuring on my blog, Colicky Baby.
Don’t forget about yourself
While there are many options to help treat your baby, a lot of parents forget about treating themselves, too.
That’s another reason why I started this blog. Besides all of the treatments and remedies to help infants overcome colic, parents should also know about what treatments and remedies that they need to cope with handling a distressed baby.
In most cases, you should ask your partner, your parents or even a trusted friend to help out with the baby when it gets too overwhelming. Sometimes, you might not have immediate help on hand. And, that’s okay.
If you don’t have the help that you need, you can always keep your infant safe in their crib for a few minutes and leave the room once they cry. Many experts even recommend to leave your child to ‘cry it out’ before a few minutes, mainly to help you relieve underlying stress.
You can also wear earplugs to keep the crying from irritating you any further. Remember it’s not your fault that your child is experiencing uncontrollable bouts from crying. It’s up to you to help keep your child consoled, comforted and fed while they experience colic.
Keeping yourself and your child comfortable is the most important part of overcoming colic and that’s the reason why I created Colicky Baby in the first place.