When I first had my baby, we were living million miles away from our parents. I am thankful, that the army provided us new parent support to make it a little easier to know about parenting. I learned about pretty much everything from feeding,bathing ,and even dealing with colicky baby.We all know that all babies cry, but two out of every ten babies will be affected by colic. Colic is an inconsolable crying in an otherwise healthy baby that has bouts of fussiness and irritability. While the condition is completely harmless to the baby, it can make parents want to pull their hair out or start crying themselves.
WHAT IS COLIC?
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Infant colic (also known as baby colic and three-month colic) is a condition in which an otherwise healthy baby cries or screams often and for extended periods, without any discernible reason. The condition typically appears within the first two weeks of life and almost invariably disappears, often very suddenly, before the baby is three to four months old. It is more common in bottle-fed babies, but also occurs in breast-fed infants. The crying frequently occurs during a specific period of the day, often in the early evening.
Until now the causes of infant colic are unclear, with theories including hypersensitive nerves in the gut causing pain or an imbalance of bacteria in the bowel producing too much gas. Parents have been accused of over-anxiety, family tension or not enough parent-infant interaction. There were lots of ideas,but bottom line, we still don’t know. Colic is a temporary, benign condition which will end. Colic is a time-limited condition, highly responsive to placebo, and sooner or later, one of the calming measures will work. The trouble with treating colic is that not much is known about it. Medics define it as prolonged crying spells in an otherwise healthy and thriving baby.The secret is how to cope until the natural time limit for colic is reached. Cope, not cure.
So, I have gathered some ideas that is very easy and helpful to handle colic baby.
- COLIEF INFANT DROPS-Newborn sometimes have difficulty digesting the lactose found in breast and formula milk. Colief drops contain lactase, a naturally occurring enzyme which helps break it down the lactose.
- Try using a baby swing
- Hold your baby and walk or dance around with him or her. Babies need lots of contact and like the movement.
- WINDING-Regular burping during and after a feed will help prevent the wind becoming trapped in the bowels causing discomfort.
- BABY MASSAGE-If your baby is really unsettled, try giving him or her a gentle tummy massage, moving your hands in a clockwise direction (following the direction of your baby’s intestines) which encourages the trapped wind to move the right way. Remember, babies are human like us. As much as we like getting a nice soothing anti stress massage, your baby also deserve your motherly soothing touch to ease discomfort.
- SWADDLING-This never gets old.Old practice which involves wrapping your baby in a sheet, blanket or specially designed swaddled with arms pinned to their sides – preventing the startle reflex – and is thought to induce sleep and soothe excessive crying and colic.
- SIDE POSITIONING-Try keeping them on their side, rolled a little bit toward the stomach while calming them.Putting a crying baby down on his back often stimulates the moro reflex which results in more crying. (However don’t allow your baby to sleep tummy down, which increase the risk of SIDS.)
- SUCK-Let him or her suck. Bring on the pacifier, your baby’s own hand or a parents finger and let then suck to self regulate and sooth.Babies have a God given desire to suck, which is independent of their need for nutrition. Sucking is one of the most potent forms of infant self soothing. Research shows that fetuses as young as 20 weeks can sooth themselves in the womb by sucking their thumbs. Even premature infants cry and fuss less when they can rest their hand on their cheek or put it into their mouth.
Lastly, Bathe your baby – the warm water may be comforting since newborns hate being cold.