Colic – What Is It and How Can I Help My Baby?
Every parent dreads the moment when their little one is upset and it seems like nothing can console them. Sometimes, these bouts of distress can be attributed to colic – a common condition in babies, especially in their first few months. Understandably, as parents, it's worrisome when your baby cries incessantly. Let’s demystify colic and explore how we can help soothe our little ones.
What is Colic?
Colic isn't a disease it’s a term used for excessive crying in otherwise healthy. A baby with colic will often cry for more than three hours a day, three days a week for three weeks or longer.
What Causes Colic?
The exact cause of colic is unknown, which makes it even more frustrating for parents. Commonly thought to be related to the digestive system, or even exposure to certain environmental factors or foods. However, there's no definitive answer…yet.
For more detailed insights on colic, you can refer to our previous article which delves deeper into the subject.
There are ways to comfort your baby during these episodes:
- Holding and Rocking: Sometimes, simply holding your baby close can provide relief. Gentle rocking motions or a walk around the room can be soothing.
- Warm Bath: A warm bath can work wonders. The comforting feeling of warm water might help relax your baby.
- Massage: Gentle belly massages in a clockwise motion can sometimes alleviate discomfort. Remember to use baby-friendly oils and gentle pressure.
- Check the Diet: For breastfeeding mums, it might be worth considering if something in your diet could be affecting your baby. Some babies might be sensitive to dairy or other foods.
- White Noise: Some babies find white noise – like the sound of a vacuum cleaner or hairdryer – very soothing. There are many white noise machines and apps available designed for babies.
- Swaddling: Wrapping your baby snugly in a blanket can mimic the warmth and security of the womb, which can be comforting.
Remember, it's always a good idea to consult with your healthcare provider or paediatrician if you're concerned about the well-being of your baby.
When Will It End?
The good news is colic does end. Most babies grow out of it by the time they're three to four months old. It can be challenging to go through this period, but remember, it’s temporary.
In the meantime, it's essential to take care of yourself too. It's okay to ask for help or take a break. Your well-being is crucial, not just for your sake but for your baby's as well.
For more advice and support, or to explore a variety of child health topics, feel free to browse our resources at childhealthy.co.uk.
Take care and remember to look after yourselves as well.
Dr. Yiannis and the Childhealthy team
Disclaimer: Information contained in this article is intended as general advice and does not replace a medical assessment. If you are concerned about your child, please contact your doctor for advice.
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