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Baby Colic


Colic is used to describe a condition in which uncontrollable crying occurs with a baby where no health problem can otherwise be detected. The typical length of the crying sessions is about three hours in one day. It is somewhat difficult to detect this type of sickness as the parent must first check for other causes, such as hunger. To detect this ailment, carefully observe the baby for extreme discomfort.

Why do babies get colic?

There is no definitive answer why babies get colic. Scientists theorize that it is caused by a baby’s still developing digestive system. Another theory relates to the limited amounts of digestive juices in the digestive tract. Perhaps the simplest explanation is that when a baby is tired, colic is the way in which a baby disregards other sensations, enabling it to sleep soundly.

Colic a serious ailment?

Colic is not considered a serious ailment. Perhaps the biggest impact is the noise level created. The uncontrollable crying can go on for hours and hours, leading to increasing stress for both the child and the parents. It is also very important to make sure that the crying is not caused by another different factor.

Colic remedies - how to relieve colic in an infant?

Because of the mysterious nature of this ailment, there are no surefire ways to prevent this sickness. Methods to ease the baby’s discomfort and stop the crying depend on the individuals involved. One possible tip is to check the baby’s formula. It might be the cause of the discomfort. Also induce burping after feeding the baby to help relieve digestive pressure.

Before seeking medical help consider these possible answers to your baby crying.

  • Your baby may be in pain – check common causes of pain i.e. nappy rash.
  • Lack of attention.
  • Check your babies' temperature - are they too hot or cold?

Most parents feel overwhelmed when the crying intensifies. There is a feeling of helplessness. It is better for the parent to calm down as well so as to avoid getting overly stressed at the situation.

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