Does your baby cry inconsolably everyday at the same time? Is your baby a colic baby?
I totally understand what it feels like. B was a colic baby! Evenings were a frustrating and testing time for M and me. He would cry endlessly and nothing would soothe him or stop him from crying till the bout would not end or he fall asleep. Sigh those days..
SO i read and researched on this topic endlessly then, and this post is a result of that excess data stored up there. AND for the benefit of other moms sailing in the same boat. Read on.
Who is a colic baby?
Baby colic (according to researchers) is basically when your otherwise healthy baby cries for more than 2-3 hours a day for more than three days a week for three weeks between the ages of two weeks and four months. In some cases, it lasts longer, but don’t worry thats a rare case. B got out of it by 3-4 months.
Causes of Colic
The cause of colic is generally unknown. But researchers say it could be due to constipation, gastroesophageal reflux disease, lactose intolerance, cows’ milk allergy, or gas pains (when baby has difficulty in releasing gas). B had the case of lactose intolerance (or so the doctors told) and gas pain.
Remedies of Colic
There are many medicines available now such as anti-gas drops, anti-reflux medicines, and homeopathy drops for colic (surveys say many parents found these affective). You can also use gripe water (alcohol free) or Himalaya Bonnisan drops (B has literally grown up on these two!).
There are also many home remedies you can try. Mix a pinch of hing powder in 1/2 tsp ghee and rub it around the child’s belly button. Really effective in releasing gas. I’ve tried it on B and it works. The only draw back is it gets a bit messy, but hey if it works, who is complaining! Also massaging the tummy anti-clockwise 2-3 times a day will release the gas and prevent pain at the end of the day. I also used to do a simple exercise by lifting B’s legs and doing a cycling motion in air. it would help him to release air. And after sometime, B would do it himself. And that’s when his colic started to reduce.
Certain sensory stimulations also help.
1. Swaddling your baby (B hated being tied up)
2. Carrying her/him in a front baby carrier
3. Baby swing
4. Putting your baby in a carseat on or near a dishwasher or dryer (we used to put B in a carseat and M would walk around carrying it. It would silent him in a sec!)
5. Bathing your baby in warm water
6. Taking your baby out for a ride in the car
Colic usually gets over by 5 months but if it persists, consult your baby’s pediatrician. Hope this posts helps your baby!