Colic Remedies

There are a number of remedies you might like to try if your baby develops colic as an infant.

If you think your baby has colic he probably does as the symptoms of colic are extended regular periods of screaming and usually the symptoms are easy to learn. Remember this is not a panic situation, naturally is worries you, but this is not a disease, is not life threatening and happens to most babies at one time or another, thus it happens to their parents also. Also bear in mind by the age of three months it usually doesn't occur. Remember also that colicky babies are healthy, thrive and eat well and also grow up to be beautiful healthy growing children.

Colic usually occurs in infants under three months of age. It seems to product rapid and severe contractions of the intestine which doctors feel leads to the baby's pain. Most of the time this gets worse in the late afternoon and late evening. General irritability is also associated with colic and also passage of gas.

To relieve the baby of colic one method is handling of the baby, helping him to gain self control and also to promote stimuli. Motion is usually a helpful relief, also rocking, as the rocking will stimulate the inner ear which helps to calm babies. Try this, it may solve the problem. You won't spoil him by doing this.

A few other things to try to control or even prevent colic are: feed baby in an upright position and also feed him slowly, warm the formula for a bottle fed baby, I know bottles aren't warmed now, but I do believe babies had less colic when we did warm them. Even ask the doctor as he might want to switch the formula, that is a thought also. Offer some warm milk after a bottle feeding as that might help the milk to digest.

Sometimes wrapping the baby tightly in a receiving blanket and swaddling him, rocking him, or even giving him a pacifier will help. Also continuous sounds have been known to help, such as the noise of a fan, the soft playing of music.

Giving the baby a belly massage can help also, or lay him on your tummy as this sometimes helps. Most of all just do the best you can for you and your baby during these colicy periods as they will end, really they will.

If you are breast feedings, most pediatricians will tell you to watch your own diet if you have a colicky baby. Such fods as peanut butter, fish, eggs, berries, gas producng vegetables, too much fruit or too much caffeine can affect the baby and cause colic. Also try smaller, more frequent feeding if you breast feed or even bottle feed.

Somes babies have fomula intolerance, if you are on formula consult your pediatrician to discuss switching formula, maybe even to a soy based formula. There are also formulas that contain digestive enzymes.

For many babies a pattern during those first few months a daily "crying hour" will develop, the baby will redden, draw his knees up to his chest and kick and scream loudly. This pattern of regular, persistent crying is sometimes called colic. Some doctors don't agree with this explanation but many do and that is up to you and also your doctor to have your own thoughts on this.

Also another thought burp your baby with special care, especially ater a crying spell as babies do swallow air when crying. Most of all remember, colic only lasts for a few months, if that.

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