Health (0-12 mo)
How Do I Prevent Baby Colic?
If you have a newborn baby, you will notice that he or she sleeps, feeds, and cry for most of the time for at least 2 weeks after he or she is born. But after that, your baby keeps on crying and doesn’t calm down from all of the tricks that you have tried and learned over the nine months. This is stressful and heartbreaking for every parent. If your baby is having these crying episodes in which he or she cries for so long, then it might be colic.
Colic is not a disease nor a diagnosis but it is a symptom. Babies are programmed to do their communication through their cry. They can’t speak the words, but they can express their feeling or emotions through crying. And when your baby is crying for no apparent reason then he or she is trying to say something. Doctors and experts have not figured out the real reason behind colic, but it can be caused by the following:
1. Your baby is sensitive and needs more attention than regular children.
2. Your baby could still have an immature nervous system.
3. Breastfeeding babies could have a problem with their mother’s diet.
4. The newborn baby’s mother could have had a smoking habit during pregnancy.
5. Low weight in babies.
6. Intestinal gas or not burping after feeding could be the reason.
7. Babies could be hungry or overfed.
Treatment for colic
Just like there is a solid reason behind colic, the same way there is no concrete treatment for colic. But there are a few things that you can do to reduce the intensity of crying or eliminating them. These things are mentioned below:
1. Holding your child: One of the best ways to keep the colic low is to hold your child gently. The longer you hold him or her, the more they feel secure, protected, and less fussy. They tend to be fussy in the evening so make sure there is nothing that triggers their colic.
2. Warm bottle: Sometimes it is the intestinal gas in your child’s belly that is why he or she expriences colic. To soothe their pain, place a warm bottle of water on their belly and be 100 % sure that it is not too much warm for a baby.
3. Proper breastfeeding: The mother should ensure that their babies are getting enough milk to fulfill their hunger. If they are eating something that causes distaste, then avoid it and replace it with other things that your baby likes.
4. Rub your baby’s back: For burping, rub your baby’s back and stomach after feeding so that they can burp and digest the food.