Nonstop and Uncontrollable—Your Baby Is Suffering from Colic
Does your baby’s excessive bouts of crying wear you down? Does it drive you anxious seeing your baby’s fists clenching, legs curling up, and abdomen all tensed up?
Your baby may actually be suffering from colic.
Symptoms to Look Out for and Instant Home Remedies to Use
What is Colic?
Colic is a blanket term to describe acute abdominal pain, intense cramping, gassiness and bloating. While no one completely understands what causes it, colic usually affects babies who are between two and four weeks old. It doesn’t have to do with how healthy the baby is. It is not an illness, nor anything that needs a cure.
But colic can be distressing and frustrating.
Colic is often defined using Wessel’s rule of threes: it occurs during the first three weeks, for no less than three hours per day, for at least three days per week, and continues for three weeks in a row.
Other symptoms include:
- High-pitched inconsolable crying
- Closed eyes, or an open-eyed look
- Tense abdominal muscles, legs curled up, and clenched fists
- Increased bowel activity
- Passing gas and spitting up
Immediate Home Remedies
- Bring your baby to a quiet, dark room.
Dim the lights and keep the noise to a minimum. Make sure that the temperature is neither too hot nor too cold.
- Wrap your baby with a warm blanket.
Mothers want to keep their babies in close physical contact, and this is the time when babies need to be in their mother’s arms. Wrap your baby snugly in a clean, warm blanket. The warmth from the blanket will ease your baby’s discomfort.
- Hold your baby using the Football Carry technique.
Place your baby’s tummy on your forearm, so his legs straddle along your elbow, and his cheeks rest on your palm. This position will put pressure on the baby’s tensed abdomen.
Still worried? Ask your pediatrician about baby gas drops. It has been proven to help alleviate gas and reduce discomfort and pain. You can also try gripe water for colic. It is made of sodium bicarbonate and herbs, and many moms swear by it.