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Colic is the name given to the condition when your baby cries for longer than 3 hours every day, for more than 3 days a week. Although this condition is harmless to your baby, it is extremely distressing for you the parents.
Unfortunately, the cause of colic is not known but there are ways to help the condition. About 20% of babies (boys and girls equally) suffer from colic, usually starting at around 2 to 4 weeks and lasting anything up to 3 months.
Apart from the crying, other symptoms can be:
Crying at the same time each day usually after a feed (often late afternoon or early evening)
A tense hard tummy because the abdominal muscles tighten with crying
Legs may be drawn up and fists clenched
You can help your colicky baby by:
Nursing your baby every 2-3 hours if you are breastfeeding
Discussing with your doctor about changing your formula if you are bottle feeding
Burping your baby more often during feeds.
Walking with your baby or sitting in a rocking chair and trying various positions
Placing your baby across your lap on their tummy and rubbing your baby’s back
Massaging your baby (find out how to do infant massage for colic)
Being consistent in your responses to your baby’s cries
Trying not to worry or panic
Playing music and dancing with your baby
Taking your baby out for walks in the stroller or carrying in a baby sling
Putting your baby in a swing - the motion may have a soothing effect
Putting your baby in a baby seat in the back of the car and going for a ride - the vibration and movement of the car are often calming
Playing music – many babies respond well to music
Ensuring there is no other reason for the crying such as hunger, tiredness, pain, the heat or the cold, bored, over-stimulated or the need for a diaper change
Considering a natural colic remedy such as H-Colic to reduce colic symptoms safely.
Please quit smoking before or during pregnancy as apart from all the other risks to your baby, smoking can increase the likelihood of colic in your baby. Don’t allow anyone to smoke around your baby as babies of smokers cry more and get sick more often too.
If you have a colicky baby, you may feel extra tired from all the crying so you need to take greater care of yourself at such a time. Get regular breaks from your baby if you can so that you can relax for a while and remember that your baby will outgrow this phase in just a matter of weeks.