Posted in on 06/13/2018 14:41 PM
A Safe Natural Treatment for ColicOne of the saddest scenarios that play itself in our office over the last 30 years is when a parent comes in and hands me their crying child with despondency in their eyes, and say, “please fix her”. The parents have tried everything they know but none of it has worked. Every time they feed their baby she cries. Not just any cry. The crying can cause frustration for the parents, depression following delivery, excess visits to the doctor, and child abuse. Parents are already prone to anxiety about their child. The anxiety a parent feels with a colicky child can be overwhelming.
The Overwhelming Cry of a Colicky BabyThere is a distinct difference in the cry of a baby who is merely fussy and a baby who is crying because she has colic. The sound of a colic cry is beyond the familiar cries that say, “I need to be (fed/ burped/changed/left alone).” When a baby experiences colic, her cries are often high-pitched and overwhelming in intensity. For the parents, it often feels quite futile because there is little that can be done during this continuous period of distress that will soothe her.
Colic –Fussiness and Excessive CryingWhen your baby cries inconsolably and inexplicably for extended periods of times most likely it is colic. Colic by all accounts is the baby’s stomach’s inability to digest the protein in the milk or formula. Undigested protein turns into gas. The gas bubbles produce pressure in the stomach and that is what is bothering the baby. Signs of Colic in an otherwise healthy infant:
- Crying for more than 3 hours a day and at least 3 days a week
- Usually starts in the first few weeks of life
- Babies crying may increase when laying down and at night
- Clenched Hands
- Red Face
- Legs drawn to chest