Colic? How to Calm Your Crying Baby

The word colic, often unknown to new parents can be a scary reality when it’s aimed at your child. What is colic and how should we handle it? Is there anything we can do about it?

 

All babies cry. Most babies cry a lot. Some babies are more easily comforted, others can routinely work themselves into a frenzy. Of course it sends your heart racing. That’s Mother Nature’s way of insuring that the human race survives.

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“She cries a lot. How do I know if this is colic?”

Colic is traditionally defined as 3 hours or more of daily crying, at least three times a week. 20% of babies are officially diagnosed with colic. But you could think of colic as simply crying that goes on and on and does not seem to have a cause.

It probably doesn’t matter if it’s actually colic, unless when your baby’s crying gets almost unbearable, it helps you to remember that there’s nothing wrong with you or him; it’s just colic. Whether it’s actually colic, or just lots of crying, it is always stressful, and it helps to know that it’s normal, it won’t last more than 3 months, and you will eventually have a perfectly cheerful baby.

“What causes all this crying?”

I’m assuming you’ve eliminated the obvious causes — i.e., the baby has been fed and burped and changed, and you’ve picked her up and moved around jiggling her, but the crying has continued. If you haven’t tried all this, start there.

The truth is that we don’t know what causes colic. There may be differing contributing causes for different babies, such as sensitivity to formula, food allergies, or gastrointestinal upset.

In one study of colicky babies, when the moms stopped drinking cow’s milk, half the babies’ colic vanished. The other half, unfortunately, kept crying.

One easy thing to try that helps many irritable babies is to cut down on the foremilk they’re eating. You do this by pumping a little milk, throwing it away, and then …

 

Read more: http://www.ahaparenting.com/Ages-stages/newborns/crying-colic

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