A baby is a bundle of joy and a big responsibility too. As a mother, it can sometimes get overwhelming to take complete care of the baby. You are responsible for the baby’s care, nourishment, and life. It is difficult to understand the needs of newborns as they cannot express through speech. It is important for a mother to learn to read the body language and cries of the baby to try and relieve discomfort.
Here is some information that will help you understand what colic is all about and gives you parenting tips to manage the pain.
What is colic?
Colic is not a well-defined problem but an indication of some kind of discomfort that a baby experiences. Research says that the causes of colic are not precise.
A well-fed, otherwise healthy baby may cry indefinitely and inconsolably. The crying may last for three hours or more per day, and may occur thrice a week. Although, it is painful for the parents to witness the baby’s distress, the fact that colic is not a long-lasting problem is a consoling factor. Both male and female, and bottle fed and breastfed babies are prone to colic.
Causes of colic
The abdominal pain and discomfort that babies experience could be due to:
Some doctors even attribute colic to the baby’s mood, which sounds far-fetched, but may just be true.
How to provide relief to a baby suffering from colic?
Crying continuously can make a baby irritable and unwilling to eat, drink, or sleep. Here are some simple remedies to calm a baby suffering from colic.
Managing babies suffering from colic can sometimes be hard. If managing your baby at that point in time seems too taxing for you, don’t hesitate to seek help from your family members. Do ensure that you visit a doctor if the baby has fever, rashes, vomiting, or seems too sleepy all the time. There might be an underlying condition that needs medical attention.