The Truth about Colics
Colic is so common among infants that most people are not surprise
anymore when it happens. Still, for the first time mom it can be a
harrowing and panicking experience especially with her normally
quiet angel screaming non-stop in the background. It is usually
manifested at about two to three weeks of age. It becomes more
prominent during the first two months and subsides at three months
old. Colic altogether stops at about three-and-a-half to four months
Colic is actually not so dangerous. It might seem so though from the
way babies would cry and scream at the top of their lungs. In fact,
it can be so common that parents may experience an episode on a
daily basis; and after the first episode, parents usually learn to
handle succeeding ones with aplomb. Still, physicians and scientists
cannot pinpoint up until now just what exactly causes colic. It just
Colic, to those who are not familiar with the problem, is a stomach
ache that occurs after eating. Because of the continuous pain,
babies cry for hours and hours until the colic is relieved. Crying
can last for about one to four hours, depending on the severity of
the pain. Babies’ cheeks will also become red from the exertion and
perhaps the pain.
When there is colic, the belly of the baby may become distended or
may become enlarged. One leg will be bent while the other will
extended straight out. The feet will become cold and the hands
clenched tight because of the pain. This is actually a common
reaction for people whose stomachs pain them.
Often, it will occur late in the afternoon or early in the evening
after every meal. It can however also happen any time of the day.
Not all babies suffer from colic and some even suffer less frequent
than others. Medical experts believe that genetics play a role. It
seems that if one or both parents have suffered from colic when they
were babies, their offspring will also experience colic episodes.
Still, there are factors that will exacerbate a colic condition in
babies. Below are some of them. Read on so that you can avoid these
factors and prevent your baby from further suffering.
1. Overfeeding can only worsen the situations when you have a
colicky baby in your arms. Make sure that your baby is suffering
from hunger and not colic before you feed him again.
2. There are certain foods that will worsen the colic. Those with
high sugar content, those with undiluted juice will only increase
the gas in the stomach and thus, exacerbate the condition.
3. Intestinal allergy may also cause colic so it is important for
moms to know just what makes their babies allergic. It may be from
something that they have directly eaten or something that you passed
on through the milk in your breasts.
4. Intense feelings can also affect colic. Emotions such as anger,
fear, anxiety and excitement should be avoided as this will only
worsen the pain for the baby.
The best way to help your baby is to first not panic and then to
read up as much as possible even before an episode occurs. Nonstop
crying can be a result of a host of other things so it is important
that you also keep your eyes open so that you will know what exactly
ails your baby. Keep in mind that there is no known cause; so there
is also no known cure for it except to make the experience as
comfortable and less painful as possible.
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