Excessive crying and no idea how to help .......... Colic

 

Excessive and frequent crying in infants often referred to as Colic. Colic is extremely common, affecting 1 in every 3 babies. Colic will usually appear within the first two to four weeks of the baby’s life. It can last up to four months however will most often reduce after a few weeks with no medication.

Common symptoms: 
Crying that lasts for three hours of more, screaming that is loud and long, red face, frowning, baby pulling their legs up suggesting stomach pain, loud tummy rumbling, passing of wind and faeces.

Causes and Solutions: 
The cause is still unknown. However it is believed that the mothers diet may play a huge role. Studies have shown that a low allergen diet excluding wheat, nuts, eggs and milk whilst breastfeeding can be very helpful. In recent years studies have proven that following a FODMAP-free diet is extremely effective. Please note not to continue a restrictive diet for a prolonged period of time as this can have detrimental consequences.

 
 

Other possible causes include baby’s immature gut. It can take up to a few months for the baby to adjust to the outside world, building its digestive system. A very effective way to assist with improving the infants digestive system and correcting possible dysbiosis, imbalance of bacteria, is using a baby probiotic. This will provide the baby with the right bacteria and correct balance of bacteria’s. This should improve the babies ability to breakdown and digest the milk, reducing wind, pain and constipation.

Additional suggestions that have shown to help

-   Consuming herbal tea including chamomile, licorise, fennel and balm mint by the mother has been seen to help

-    A study showed that reducing the patting and lifting of the infant and instead replacing it with loud noises or rattling with gentle lifting had improvements

-    Whilst carrying the infant has not been found to be effective 

 
Sarah Stewart