Symptoms of Colic in Newborns

Symptoms of Colic in Newborns

Infant Colic is one of the most annoying problems for a baby to have. Numerous babies suffer from colic, and there was a time when not many people believed that colic existed. It was thought that it was just a worst case of wind!

Even a number of doctors had mixed opinions on the whole colic subject, but it is a fact that colic can be terrible for one and all.

Your poor baby keeps on crying due to infant colic, and poor Mum and Dad are nearly driven mad by the constant crying. It leads to sleepless nights and nervousness in the whole family.

Following are some of the symptoms of Colic in Newborns

The baby’s crying may last for quite a few hours normally starts at around the same time. Picking up your baby may stop her crying. A few positions you hold her in will make the crying stop but others can make it even worse.

Your baby may tighten her hands. Your baby might become very particular about her food. Your baby may struggle to get to sleep, and if she does nod off, she may keep waking up.

So do you think your baby has colic? If yes, it’s always better to get her examined by a doctor, and if it does turn out to be colic, there are ways to get the problem under control.

Infant colic is a common condition, upsetting roughly 1 in 5 babies in their first month of life. Though it is not a serious medical condition and usually resolves by the age of 3-4 months, it is possible to lessen the suffering caused to both babies and parents.

It is critically important to consult the baby’s doctor at the very beginning of the suspected colic symptoms. While there are no tests that can be done where the results come back “colic,” it is very important to exclude several other causes of sudden-onset screaming in a newborn.

These conditions include intestinal blockage or obstruction, abdominal infection, a scratch in childs eye, a ear infection, and many other things. Just be safe and rule out what you can this will bring you closer to the cause.

In my son the crying and fussing started suddenly, and often after being fed. He cried loud and continuous, most of the time for hours!

His face would turn red, and he would alternate between flexing and extending his legs straight out. His little hands would be clenched in fists. The episodes can occur at any time of the day but mostly he started in late afternoon and went till the wee hours of the morning.

My husband and I were very exhausted and frustrated, with no hope at all. The doctor said just wait it out it will pass in 3 or 4 months.

WHAT!. .

Infantile colic typically begins at about 2 to 3 weeks of age, reaches its peak at 2 months, begins to subside by 3 months, and is gone by 3 ½ to 4 months of age.

In my opinion, and others that I have researched, state that the only way that a baby can communicate that they are experiencing discomfort of any kind is by crying.

I have spent a lot of time testing things to south my child and figure out what was causing the colic. In my opinion as a nurse colic can be caused by many different things in the baby’s life such as

Parents under a lot of stress.

This directly affects the baby and can cause colic and, that compounds the stress on each parent. Take time to get away, time for your self find some one you trust to be patient with your child, for me it was my mother she was a saint she could rock him and even get him to sleep.

With my child he acted like he wanted to eat while he was having the periods of colic. This can make things worse so let them suck on a finger or a pacifier, avoid over feeding.

I remember feeling things that a sane person wouldn’t feel like, my son hates me, I am no good at being a mom, I can’t calm him down, and maybe we didn’t bond. Now that is the work of a sleep deprived frustrated mom wanting to do anything to help her child. We all know that hate is a learned behavior and newborns do not know how to hate.

If you are breast feeding you should keep a log of things that your child is sensitive to that you have eaten and, avoid those foods for now.
At times it can be caused by the position that you are feeding your child in, I suggest changing positions, and if you find a good one, let everyone know that takes care of your child. In hopes to prevent colic from happening.


Recommendations to naturally help sooth a baby with colic

Rhythmic motion. Rock your child in a cradle or in your lap in a rocking chair; put them into a soft baby carrier that holds them close to your chest and “wear” them around the house; take them for a ride in an elevator or in an auto (in their car seat).

Swaddling.Wrap your baby snugly in a lightweight blanket. This will not only make them feel secure but will also inhibit the Moro reflex, their habit of flinging their arms out and bringing them back when they are startled. This involuntary movement can itself upset a colicky baby and make them cry.

Baby massage. In this traditional Indian practice, the baby is stroked in a continuous, flowing movement from head to foot, using light stroking and deeper massage.

Lambskin. A cuddly cushion of wool can make a crib, car seat, or stroller cozier and help your baby fall asleep more easily.

Mirrors. Unbreakable reflective surfaces such as those that appear on many baby toys can often capture and hold a fussy infant’s attention.

A baby carrier/sling. This bears another mention, because it seems to succeed for two reasons. Even if the proximity to your body fails to quiet baby, the sling frees your arms and lets you go anywhere without feeling that you’re neglecting your fussy child.

Singing and/or dancing. A musical interlude can work wonders. Partner your baby by holding them up close or propped on your arm. Look into their eyes as you glide around the floor to the sound of your own vocal accompaniment or to recorded music.

Comfort sucking. Babies have strong sucking needs unrelated to their need for food; they simply find it comforting to hold something in their mouth. Offer the breast, a finger, or a pacifier try not to over feed as that will make colic worse.

The most important thing to remember is you know your child, no matter what the doctors say; trust your mother’s intuition. Ask questions and find resources, ask for help, don’t let things get out of control (my husband and I almost divorced during that stressful time).  There is  hope and help out there.

About the Author Lori

Hi! I'm Lori, I love being a mother. Becoming a parent basically means unleashing your inner superhuman. While it may seem like rocket science, everything can be learned in time. It may not be the most glorious job you can perfect overnight, but it’s the most rewarding job of all time.

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