Colic: What causes non-stop crying in babies?

Colic: What causes non-stop crying in babies?

Babies cry to communicate, especially when they are wet, hungry, frightened, ill or uncomfortable. It is their only way of communicating until when they utter their first words.

For many mothers, having a child cry nonstop after you have seemingly catered for all their needs can be overwhelming, especially for first-time mothers. Most mothers tend to watch helplessly as their babies cry in discomfort.

You will often hear the term Colic used when a baby cries endlessly but what is Colic?

Colicky crying differs from ordinary crying in that these otherwise healthy babies cry for no obvious reason and remain inconsolable for hours on end. The crying often begins in the evening.

About one-fifth of all babies develop colic, usually around the second to fourth week of life.

It can be described as bawling for more than three hours every day, for at least three days a week, for at least three weeks.

A normal cry does not last more than two hours a day collectively. In addition, the baby is consolable, unlike a baby who has colic.

When does colic start?

Colic usually starts when babies are two weeks old if they're full-term, or later if they're born prematurely. It often gets worse between four and six weeks old. As many as one in four new babies have it.

What causes colic in Children?

Experts say studies have shown that although the real cause of colic in newborns is not quite definitive, it is believed that it is a digestion problem and that the baby may not be digesting the milk properly. Some children might have food allergy or sensitivity that might cause colic.

Some foods that the mother eats may cause gas and constipation in the baby through breast milk and may then cause colic in the baby.  A child can also experience a sharp pain in the abdomen caused by an obstruction in the intestine.

Colicky children often experience inconsolable crying despite your efforts to soothe them -- loud crying episodes that start and end suddenly. A colicky child may also clench her fingers, arch her back and try to pass gas as he cries.

Experts note that Colic in most cases is not preventable and no one knows exactly what causes it is not well understood.

Here are some suggestions to help soothe your child:

Experts advise parents to make sure their baby is upright and has a good latch on the breast while breastfeeding. If your child is colicky, try feeding them less, this will give the stomach time to digest.

The symptoms of colic get better on their own but it is also important to change their position often. Making some changes to your own diet if you breastfeed may help relieve symptoms of fussiness associated with feeding.

Some breastfeeding mothers have found success by removing stimulants like caffeine and chocolate from their diet. Avoiding those foods while breastfeeding may also help.

When to Seek medical help

Being a parent to a newborn is hands-on work.  Although it can be overwhelming, colic is usually not a cause for concern it is important to seek medical assistance when your child has a high fever, is vomiting or has changes in the stool and pale skin.


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