Painful Gas and Colic in Infants

The birth of a little one is a wonderful event that many mothers to be prepare for years in advance. They study all the baby books possible, carefully monitor their pregnancy, watch their blood pressure and do not eat raw fish. They keep away from coffee and caffeine and always wear their seat belt in the proper way. The nursery is completely decorated and stocked with everything imaginable. Diapers, wipes, ointments, bottles and medicines are lined up on all the shelves just waiting for the baby to come home from the hospital.

The big day arrives and the precious bundle of joy comes home with the tired but happily exhausted parents. Everything seems to be going according to plan until one night the baby will not stop crying. The crying just goes on and on without cessation. Is it colic? Is it gas? Does the baby need to be rushed to the hospital?

Being a new parent is tough enough without having a fussy infant that does not feel well. However, if you add in colic you have a recipe for disaster. Read on to learn the basics of colic and hopefully get a little piece of mind should your child come down with a case of colic and you feel as if you are at your wits end.

What is colic

No one is exactly sure what colic is and how babies get it. Colic is diagnosed when the baby screams and cries for a lengthy amount of time frequently and without any discernable reason. He or she is not running a fever, not hungry nor wet. This situation can be extremely frustrating for parents, baby and doctor alike because there is no set definition. In the past doctor’s would diagnose colic as a symptom of built up gas in the stomach but research has not proven anything definitively yet.

Are there any Risk Factors Associated with Infant Colic

No one knows for sure what causes colic. If doctor’s could absolutely prove that it was the digestive system and the specific type of formula used on nursing babies, they would be able to warn bottle feeding mothers about the possible risk factors and help promote wider use of breast feeding. Or if a baby seems to be suffering from breast feeding, the doctor’s may advocate a switch to a soy based formula.

What is the Cuddle Cure for Colic

Ah, the cuddle method or otherwise known as the "cuddle cure" employ the five "S’s" of helping to soothe a fussy child that may have colic.

  • Step one is to Swaddle the child.
  • Step number two is Side or stomach and means you place the baby on his or her side or stomach to rest.
  • Step three is Swinging the baby while you are doing step four which is the Shhhhh sound.
  • The last step is to give the baby a pacifier to Suck on.

That is the five "S’s" of helping soothe a fussy child. You can use it for a child with colic or one that is simply not feeling well.

How can I Help my Baby Avoid Colic

Since doctors are not sure what exactly colic is and what causes colic, they cannot give any solid advice when it comes to avoiding colic. Some babies never have a case of colic and some cry almost non-stop for three months. If your baby is colicky you may have to try a variety of remedies and methods until either something works for you or the baby grows past that phase. Talk to your pediatrician and see what he or she recommends.

Updated: 14 March 2017 — 4:24 pm
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