From the second week of life, your baby may begin to show a type of crying, inconsolable, intermittent and inexplicable. It's called colic!
Calm down, it is not pathological and it is temporary. Patience and Calmness will help. It is the best recipe to confront these crying spells your baby can start from 15 days of life and up to about the third month.
How does colic look like?
- Predominates in the afternoon or night.
- It usually lasts more than three days a week and more than three hours a day.
- It has a beginning but an abrupt end.
- When it attacks, your baby can show tense, hard and distended abdomen, clenched fists, and a red face, legs bent and back arched.
Since, it’s not a health problem, no specific treatment is required. But you can implement a series of measures that will help to soothe your baby:
- When your baby cries, look for a quiet place, hold you baby between your arms and give gentle back rubs.
- If your baby continues crying, hold him/her upside down, support the head in the bend of your elbow and his/her & gut is between your legs. In this position, give gentle massage in the abdomen to help baby pass gas.
- If you notice that crying is getting you too nervous, you should ask someone to replace you with the baby. Your state of tension make it impossible for your child to calm down.
- Offer small feeds and if you are breast feeding, avoid certain foods in your diet like cabbage, onion, spicy or oily foods and also excess intake of caffeine
- Talk to the pediatrician. He will assess the possibility of colic are related to an intolerance to lactose, in which case it could introduce some changes in your baby’s diet.
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