Everything you need to know about a colic baby

Everything you need to know about a colic baby


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The baby is born, and everything’s good. You adore the tiny toes and the cute sounds of your baby. In a few weeks after you are back home, you might be tired of your baby’s constant crying and clenching fists. You are unable to sleep, and no one in the house is able to because of the never-ending wail. And one day, you are just wondering how this small human can cry so much without getting exhausted and sleeping. Say hello to the colic world.

What is colic?
Babies cry most of the time because that’s how they are communicating with us. Be it a discomfort that they are facing or if they are hungry, they cry and let us know, and we meet their needs. However, colic babies cry for no reason, and they cry for a long time.
Let’s not beat around the bush. If you are looking for treatment for your colic baby, then let me tell you this. There is no treatment for it. However, it is essential for you to know the causes, symptoms to know what to do to calm your baby. Let’s get started with that!

Mothers who have just given birth – your body is still exhausted, and your hormones will take time to get back to normalcy. The last thing you want is a colicky baby. But worry not! We have got you covered.

Firstly, there is no treatment because colic is neither a disease nor a diagnosis. To just put it in an easy way – it is just a phase.

How do you decide if your baby is colicky?
This is the most asked question because all babies cry. There should be something that should distinguish colic babies from others. Generally, the rule is if a baby cries for three days in three weeks consecutively for at least three hours, then you can call the baby a colic baby.

How long does colic last?
When the baby is two or three weeks old, you might start noticing it. It may get bad around when the baby is 5-6 weeks old and reduce when the baby is 10-12 weeks old. That is, when the baby is three months old, this phase should subside, and you will have more shiny days with your baby’s smile. However, to handle the ‘phase’ you need to know a few details to do it like a pro.

You can differentiate normal crying from colic crying by noticing how loud or high-pitched the crying is. Babies move their arms and legs around and clench their fists while screaming.

Causes of colic
Overstimulation of the baby: When the baby is 3-4 weeks old, she becomes more sensitive to stimuli. There is a chance she gets overwhelmed by all the sudden stimuli around her, which makes her feel stressed and uncomfortable. That’s why colic goes away after sometime when the baby gets acquainted with a few stimuli.
Digestion problems: The immature digestive system of the baby may be one of the reasons for the discomfort, which results in gas or pain in the tummy.
Tobacco: Smoking tobacco near the baby or if the mom smokes, then the smoke can make the baby colic. It is important to ensure there is no one smoking near your baby. You may also want to ensure the detergents or fabric softeners you are using is not too strong. The fabric your baby is in also needs to be comfortable. Go for baby bunny rugs, muslin wraps, and soft organic baby clothes.

How to calm a colic baby?
When a baby is crying, the immediate thing to do is respond. Come close to the baby and try to make them feel comfortable. You can try holding them or skin to skin touching. A few parents try to distract by showing different things. Don’t do that as your baby need not want to listen to more things or see more things, which only increases overstimulation. Dim the lights and try signing to the baby.

If you notice digestion is the problem, then consider probiotics and try burping your baby. If you are breastfeeding, then you may want to watch what you are eating. Avoid food that causes gastric irritation.
You can also try swaddling your baby and playing soothing music. Few parents say white noise helps as it reminds the baby of the womb. Try rocking your baby and take the baby outdoors. See what works and stick to it.

As mentioned earlier, a colicky baby can be exhausting to parents. Calm yourself, practice yoga, meditate and take help when needed. Have someone who will take turns so that you can get some time for yourself. Check with a pediatrician if you don’t think it is manageable. Talk to someone about how you feel. You can also join online community groups and talk about it. You may get interesting answers and tips that may help you.

The baby is born, and everything’s good. You adore the tiny toes and the cute sounds of your baby. In a few weeks after you are back home, you might be tired of your baby’s constant crying and clenching fists. You are unable to sleep, and no one in the house is able to because of the never-ending wail. And one day, you are just wondering how this small human can cry so much without getting exhausted and sleeping. Say hello to the colic world.

What is colic?

Babies cry most of the time because that’s how they are communicating with us. Be it a discomfort that they are facing or if they are hungry, they cry and let us know, and we meet their needs. However, colic babies cry for no reason, and they cry for a long time. 

Let’s not beat around the bush. If you are looking for treatment for your colic baby, then let me tell you this. There is no treatment for it. However, it is essential for you to know the causes, symptoms to know what to do to calm your baby. Let’s get started with that!

Mothers who have just given birth – your body is still exhausted, and your hormones will take time to get back to normalcy. The last thing you want is a colicky baby. But worry not! We have got you covered.

Firstly, there is no treatment because colic is neither a disease nor a diagnosis. To just put it in an easy way – it is just a phase.

How do you decide if your baby is colicky?

This is the most asked question because all babies cry. There should be something that should distinguish colic babies from others. Generally, the rule is if a baby cries for three days in three weeks consecutively for at least three hours, then you can call the baby a colic baby.

How long does colic last?

When the baby is two or three weeks old, you might start noticing it. It may get bad around when the baby is 5-6 weeks old and reduce when the baby is 10-12 weeks old. That is, when the baby is three months old, this phase should subside, and you will have more shiny days with your baby’s smile. However, to handle the ‘phase’ you need to know a few details to do it like a pro.

You can differentiate normal crying from colic crying by noticing how loud or high-pitched the crying is. Babies move their arms and legs around and clench their fits while screaming.

Causes of colic

Overstimulation of the baby: When the baby is 3-4 weeks old, she becomes more sensitive to stimuli. There is a chance she gets overwhelmed by all the sudden stimuli around her, which makes her feel stressed and uncomfortable. That’s why colic goes away after sometime when the baby gets acquainted with a few stimuli.

Digestion problems: The immature digestive system of the baby may be one of the reasons for the discomfort, which results in gas or pain in the tummy.

Tobacco: Smoking tobacco near the baby or if the mom smokes, then the smoke can make the baby colic. It is important to ensure there is no one smoking near your baby. You may also want to ensure the detergents or fabric softeners you are using is not too strong. The fabric your baby is in also needs to be comfortable. Go for baby bunny rugs, muslin wraps and soft organic baby clothes.

How to calm a colic baby?

When a baby is crying, the immediate thing to do is respond. Come close to the baby and try to make them feel comfortable. You can try holding them or skin to skin touching. A few parents try to distract by showing different things. Don’t do that as your baby need not want to listen to more things or see more things, which only increases overstimulation. Dim the lights and try signing to the baby.

If you notice digestion is the problem, then consider probiotics and try burping your baby. If you are breastfeeding, then you may want to watch what you are eating. Avoid food that causes gastric irritation.

You can also try swaddling your baby and playing soothing music. Few parents say white noise helps as it reminds the baby of the womb. Try rocking your baby and take the baby outdoors. See what works and stick to it.

As mentioned earlier, a colicky baby can be exhausting to parents. Calm yourself, practice yoga, meditate and take help when needed. Have someone who will take turns so that you can get some time for yourself. Check with a pediatrician if you don’t think it is manageable. Talk to someone about how you feel. You can also join online community groups and talk about it. You may get interesting answers and tips that may help you.