Are you bothered by your colicky baby every night? Colic on infants is normal, it is not a disease nor diagnosis but a combination of baffling behaviors.
What is Colic?
Colic is frequent, prolonged and intense crying or fussiness in a healthy infant. Colicky Baby are particularly frustrating for parents because the baby’s distress occurs for no apparent reason and no amount of consoling seems to bring any relief. Unexplained crying that lasts for at least three hours at the same time and pattern every day, usually in evening. It is a common problem that affects some babies in their first six weeks of life.
Causes of Colic
Here are the list of the possible causes of your colicky baby:
- A growing digestive system with muscles that often spasm
- Hormones that cause belly pain or crankiness
- A sensitivity to light, noise, etc., or too much stimulation
- A developing nervous system
- An early form of childhood migraine
- Fear, frustration, or excitement
Remedies for Colicky Baby
Because there’s no clear cause of colic, there’s no one treatment. Your child’s doctor will recommend some things that might calm them down. Try them one at a time. If one doesn’t work after a few days, try another. Colic will get better on its own. You may just have to wait for the fussiness to improve until your colicky babies will turn into joyful one. Here are the tips that you might try:
- Walk, rock, or take your baby for a car ride.
- Use a pacifier or help your baby find their fist to suck on.
- Rub your baby’s tummy or give your baby an infant massage.
- Place your baby on their belly across your legs and pat their back.
- Run a white noise machine, it makes them calm.
- Swaddle your baby.
- Provide extra skin to skin contact.
- Warm bath your baby.
- Have your baby their tummy time.
The cause of colic is still a mystery and so, unfortunately, is the treatment. If you have a baby with colic, you are not alone. One in five babies cry enough that people call them colicky babies.