Infantile Colic is a condition that generally appears in an otherwise normal healthy baby, making them cry and scream for hours. Most often this condition appears in babies within the first two weeks of their birth and would last until their third or fourth month. In some cases, it may also last for more than 12 months.
Managing a colic baby is very difficult since they generally start their crying bouts in the late evening or early morning when the parents are exhausted and need to sleep. The reason for infantile colic condition is a much-researched topic with no solid conclusions.
Babies generally cry because they want to be fed, held by their mother or when they are sleepy. When neither of these reasons hold good, it becomes really frustrating for the parents to figure out, why the baby is crying.
Discuss the problem with the Pediatrician and keep notes as to when the baby starts the colic crying every day. Let the Pediatrician check and ensure that the baby doesn’t have any other ailment that is inducing the crying episodes.
Since these babies are not crying because they are hungry, it is best not to change their feeding pattern. Many parents try to feed their baby when they are having a colic episode but it does not help, so avoid overfeeding since it might throw up.
Breastfeeding mothers can avoid food such as cabbage, beans, broccoli and beans. If the baby is drinking formula milk then try to switch to a different brand and see it if it helps.
Physical contact of the mother is very important for small babies. Try to hold your baby close while he or she is crying and rock them gently and play some soothing music.
Pacifiers can also used to distract the babies. You can also give a warm soothing bath to calm them down. Many parents take their babies on a stroll or a small walk to distract them.
Colic babies can be very frustrating physically and emotionally for the parents. But thankfully this condition does not last beyond the fourth month in most babies and things will ease out after the fourth month.