It’s late afternoon, and you’ve been trying to console your baby for the past 2-3 hrs. She just will not stop crying. Her wails, and tears are never ending, and your stress level is through the roof. You think, “What can I do, what am I doing wrong?” This has been your life for the past two weeks. It may be colic.
By definition, colic means crying. Your baby has been throwing crying fits, and shows signs of discomfort that last hours. Colic is most likely the answer. There are no specific reasons for colic. Doctors attribute it to gas build up, and digestive issues such as gastritis (inflammation of the stomach lining). These issues can leave your little baby’s tummy in knots, and with no other ways to express their pain, crying is the outcome.
One of the main ways to help thwart this condition is to identify a possible cause. At the top of the list is what your baby is digesting. Is your little one formula fed, or breast-fed? If you are using formula, you may want to consider switching to a hypoallergenic brand. Your baby may have a soy or lactose intolerance, which may be aiding in their discomfort. For you breast-feeding mommies, you may have to track what you yourself are eating. Things like onions, cabbage, garlic, cauliflower, broccoli, cucumbers, and peppers are considered “gassy foods”, and should be avoided.
There are also over the counter all natural medicines that can be used. Gripe water consists of dill, ginger, and fennel, which are herbs that calm the tummy. Just administer the prescribed amount for your baby’s weight, and let the magic happen. This is not always a success, but it is worth a try.
If all else fails, there are ways to manually maneuver your baby to help them pass their gas. You can lay them on their back, and do the bicycle with their legs. This is when you move their legs like they are pedaling a bike. You can also place your baby on their tummy across your knees, and massage their back to help relieve the pressure. Any bouncing, or vibrating motions can aid in gas relief as well. In the end, it comes down to finding out what is right for your baby.
The most important thing to remember is that it is not your fault. As a parent, your main focus is on being the best you can be. When you feel helpless, it puts a major strain on the situation. The best thing you can do is to remain as calm as possible. Your baby feels your anxiety, which makes them feel anxious in return.
There is a light at the end of this tunnel. Colic usually resolves itself around the 3 to 4 month mark. Your little bundle of joy will start smiling more, and being so much happier, which in return will make you happy. The key is to stay positive, and look ahead. You, and your baby will overcome this hurdle. Just be patient, and stick to what works for you.