ColicColic is something we relate to in newborn babies, usually affecting the baby up until 4 months old, nevertheless, an attack can happen at any time. Also, a condition that affects adults too. I am not sure if the pain in adults is different to the pain babies have, but I pray it isn’t. Why? It has to be the most excruciating pain ever. How do I know this, well I suffered this and believe me the pain was intolerable. I oh so pray baby’s pain is nothing like adults get. If they do then all I can say is that babies are strong little mites to have to cope with this.

Colic causes inconsolable crying in newborn infants. Baby will appear ratty and irritable. Pains in the belly cry is unlike the cry heard from a baby whose nappy is soiled and needs changing or constipated. In the first few weeks of birth, it’s likely colic can come. Pangs of pain normally disappear around the fourth month.

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Continual crying that sounds raging and angry. Baby can cry at any time but it’s typical to get worse late afternoon and evening.

Aside from baby’s discomfort, this is also a bad time for parents. Brushing aside baby’s pain, mum and dad suffer anxiety through lack of sleep and get stressed over feeling helpless. Parents shouldn’t blame themselves as its very difficult to settle and unsettled baby.

It’s at this time when patience is needed. Remember the infant hasn’t slept either so try not to lose your temper and shout.

It’s said painful wind contributes to colic, but there‚Äôs no proof to say this links it to be a digestive problem.

Another theory is while their digestive systems are maturing some newborns are intolerant to particular substances such as lactose ( the sugar found in milk) transmitted through breastfeeding and formula milk. Nonetheless, still, no evidence of this being true.

If you smoke then the baby is more at risk of suffering from the condition than that of the baby born to a nonsmoking mother.

Self-help for mothers with babies who have colic.

Hold baby close and sing a lullaby
Pat them lightly on the back to try and comfort them
Whisper gently hush-hush in their ear. Use words like mummy is here
Carry baby in a front sling and go walkabout
Try entertaining the infant with cuddly toys to try and take their mind off tummy pains
Give baby a dummy to suck on if they have one one

If colic is not the problem then below is other reasons for a crying baby.

Baby needs winding after a feed
Not comfortable with the breast or bottle teat
Wanting attention
Too hot or cold
Uncomfortable clothing
Nappy rash pain

Seek medical attention if you suspect the baby is unwell. A doctor will examine the infant and ask questions about his or her behaviour. From this, they will be able to make a diagnosis whether it is something other than