When your baby have colic, you will definitely find a way to get rid of it. Babies with colic will cry more often with clenched arms, or legs folded to the stomach, they can be seen in pain. If your baby cries for more than 3 hours a day, 3 days a week for more than 3 weeks it is called colic. When your baby cries, he will swallow gas so that his stomach looked bloated and hard which makes it even more uncomfortable.
Colic usually begin to appear after the baby is a few weeks old, and then disappear when the baby is 3 months old and although there is a possibility it lasts longer. If your baby is suffering from colic when he was more than 3 months is likely he suffered a "reflux disorder".
Symptoms Of Colic in baby
There are several symptoms of a baby suffering from colic:
- Continuous crying and fussing endlessly for no reason (and not because they feel hunger, thirst or pain.
- Crying unusual (to cry more than four times a day).
- Excessive crying (crying more than 20 minutes, even up to 2 hours at a time, or a total of crying a day to 4 hours or more).
- Nothing can soothe the baby when crying.
Babies who have colic usually do things like:
- Crying and screaming very loudly
- Shook hands and feet while crying
- Folding the knees up to the stomach while crying
Usually the cause of colic in infants are:
- Stomach filled with a gas that causes abdominal pain in infants.
- Pain cramps caused by hormones after birth.
- Too sensitive with changes the surrounding circumstances. Babies who have colic are usually very sensitive to changes in light (the light is too bright or too dark), noise.
Tips to get rid of colic in babies
Actually there is no specific cure to treat babies who have colic, but there are some ways that can be done by parents to soothe babies suffering from colic. Here are some tips to ease the suffering colic baby crying, and comforting the baby.
1. Feeding the right amount, not too much, but also not too little. Babies were crying after they eat normally prefer to suck-suck objects rather than eating more, or they usually cry for a while before sleeping in her bed. Consult with your pediatrician if you are concerned about eating what you give to your baby.
2. Give your baby a toy or something to stimulate her to see or hear, especially in the morning, but to keep your baby being fussy avoid a lot of play in the evening.
3. Always change your baby's position. If you hold your baby, try to put him down and let him to learn to kick. If you put your baby in a state of sleep, take an active communicate.
4. Hold your baby gently, do not shake or move the baby roughly. Hold your baby in your arms, put your baby's hand close to his body, try walking or shaking the baby gently and slowly, while actively communicating.
5. Buckle your baby in a sitting position or can rock it when you stand by the position up and down.
6. Lie down on the bed and put your baby on your body, you can also massage to calm him down.
7. Try to bathe your baby with warm water and gently massaging his stomach with his hands, soap or towels.
8. Try to turn on the sound that stimulates the baby to sleep, like a crib toys, musical hanging toys and the like.
9. Try to give a pacifier (keep in mind to give a pacifier to the baby slowly and gently).
10. Try to take your baby walks. If you use a car, make sure the baby is in a safe position.
Dealing with baby colic does require more patience. Whenever you feel depressed or frustrated with it, ask for someone to help you keep it for some time so that you can rest. If no one can be asked for help, try to watch TV or listen to the radio. Make sure your baby is safe without side for some time. Cried a little will not hurt your baby.
Looking for medical help
If you feel your baby needs to be taken to a doctor, immediately consult with your pediatrician to find out for certain medical explanation. It is important to explain to the doctor what kind of complaints that your baby naturally, so doctors know for sure. In some conditions, some doctors will prescribe medications that can reduce the symptoms of colic in infants.