Becoming a parent is a blessing in itself- isn’t it an exciting time, while looking back over the past few months on the preparations you have done for your baby’s arrival seems like making sense. Everything automatically falls into the place- right?
You have bought all the range of baby products such as Baby Nourishing Cream from Mom and World, Diaper rash cream, not to forget the diapers-lot of them, and yes, your nursery looks perfect. But, what about the things you never thought of preparing for?
Well, what about those unavoidable sleepless nights? Or changing those 20 diapers a day? Oh, not forget the crying part because you have a colicky baby. You have consulted a pediatrician, and they have confidently assured you that your little one is completely fine- it is just a condition called COLIC and all you need to do is to keep soothing your fussy baby.
Here, in this write up we have tried covering everything you need to know about colic in babies and how to deal with it.
Read on to know more.
Let’s start with the basics!
WHAT IS COLIC?
Colic is a condition when your baby cries or becomes fussy for a longer period. In case your baby cries for more than 3-4 hours a day then chances of them suffering from colic is high. This condition generally starts within a few weeks after birth. In some cases, it can worsen between 4-6 weeks of your baby’s age.
There is no clear reason for colic. At times when nothing seems to relieve your baby can be quite devastating for new parents. Therefore, managing colic can sometimes be quite daunting to go for, especially to the already tired new parents.
Pediatricians generally diagnose colic conditions in baby depending upon three basic rules. They are:
- Your baby crying for at least 3-4hours a day.
- How often it occurs- generally 3 days a week?
- How long does it persist- generally 3 weeks in a row?
COMMON SYMPTOMS OF COLIC
It is normal for your little one to cry and be moody. But, babies suffering from colic tend to cry more than normal and are healthy. Other symptoms might include the following:
- Your little one crying for no reasons like hunger, diaper change, and more.
- He/she cries almost at the same every day. Remember, colicky babies generally get fussy at the end of the day, but also it can happen anytime.
- You find you, baby, clenching his/her fist while crying.
- They seem to be in severe pain while crying.
- Lastly, they may turn bright red while crying.
Additionally, when your baby cries, they can take in a lot of air. Sometimes, this may lead to situations like gas or acidity. Furthermore, it can me their belly look a little swollen or tight. Try using Baby Tummy Roll (Mom and World) as it may help your baby to fight against the symptoms by stimulating the passing of gas.
HOW TO DIAGNOSE COLIC?
Your infant’s pediatrician can diagnose colic after performing some physical examination along with reviewing their history and symptoms. He/she might also undergo performing some tests to figure out the possible cause of the problem.
TECHNIQUES TO FOLLOW
Laying Your Baby On Stomach: Try to lay your little one over their belly by putting them on you. This is because a changed position may help your baby to feel relaxed. Try rubbing the back of your baby which will stimulate the passing of the gas. Also, this little tummy time helps the muscles of the neck and shoulders to grow stronger. Perform this twice in a day when your baby is awake and under your supervision.
Change the Way to Hold Your Newborn: There are different ways your baby with colic needs to be held or rocked.
- Hold your baby upright in case he/she is suffering from acidity and gas.
- It is preferable to hold your baby across your chest, arm, stomach, and lap.
- Swaddle your baby in your arms while walking or using a baby swing.
- Hold your baby upright after feeding.
Massage Regularly: A baby massage with products incorporated with essential oils like Baby Nourishing Oil. Remember, a good massage will feel relaxed just like a nice back rub uplifts the mood of adults. This also helps to build a connection between a parent and baby. A nice back rub helps to prevent conditions like breathing, stimulating heart rate, and much more.
Bathing Regimes: Even for us- the adults, a simple thought of sinking ourselves into a nice warm bubble bath brings that sense of comfort and relaxation, this is the case with your little ones as well. For some infants, a bath is a serious regime, while for others it is a distraction they love welcoming. Give your baby a nice warm bath with a soulful yet organic baby wash from Mom and World. Doing this might after a massage or before bed might comfort your baby and help them to get a sound sleep.
QUICK HOME REMEDIES
- Try swaddling your baby in a warm blanket to promote sleep.
- Massage them regularly.
- Try giving them a toy or a pacifier.
- Massage your baby’s with a tummy roll on.
- Give them organic gas drops, this may promote releasing gas.
- You can also give your baby gripe water; it is a liquid remedy containing herbs such as chamomile and lavender.
- Making your baby sleep in a room with neutral temperature with a soft lighting and calm music.
OUR FINAL TAKEAWAY
Always consider noticing what works and what doesn’t for soothing your baby. This will help you to keep a track and come up with the best preventive solutions to make your little one feel comfortable. Make sure to discuss everything with the baby’s pediatrician, especially if your notice any of the symptoms above. Lastly, consult them with different remedies, including gripe water.