The pediatrician has confirmed that your baby is healthy, gains weight well and develops normally. But how then to explain that the crumb cries for a long time for no apparent reason? Unfortunately, this is a very common phenomenon – infant colic.
The popularity of this disorder in infants of the first half of the life continuously inspires scientists around the world for new research. But, meanwhile, they still have not come to a unanimous answer to the question: what causes colic? The baby itself cannot yet explain what is wrong with it. But the scream, which is becoming louder and does not stop in response to all your attempts to calm the baby, marks the beginning of colic. The face of the baby at this moment turns red, the baby presses the legs, clenches the fists. No mother will be able to look at it calmly. What can be done to alleviate the torment of the crumbs?
Call the pediatrician. Even if the doctor recently examined the baby and confirmed that everything was in order with him, it would never hurt to consult with a specialist once again before undertaking anything. Most likely, the doctor will recommend you to observe the behavior of the little ones during the day and determine the patterns in the manifestation of colic.
Does crying begin shortly after feeding? If you are breastfeeding a baby, it’s likely that some component of your diet – cow’s milk and its derivatives, fatty foods, legumes, or something else. Colic may also develop if the woman has not given up on feeding. bad habits – consumption of alcohol and caffeine, smoking, etc.
If you give the baby a mixture, you may violate the instructions for her breeding or incorrectly picked up the nipple (the mixture is pouring too hard or gets the baby with too much difficulty). Incorrect feeding technique, when the baby is forced to swallow air with milk or a mixture, it can also cause crying.
Often colic associated with increased gas production. Colic may be stress response – an unfavorable situation in the family or simply as a process of adaptation to life outside of my mother’s abdomen. Sometimes pediatricians consider colic as manifestations of an increased activity of some babies as peculiar exercises of the immature nervous system.
But still, doctors often see the cause of colic in factors in the development of the gastrointestinal tract of the baby. The stomach has not yet adapted itself to independent work — after all, while the baby was in the womb, everything was ready, this was not necessary. In addition, this setting does not always occur in ideal circumstances. The situation can be aggravated by many additional reasons – prematurity, eating disorders, lactase deficiency.
If the baby is bottle-fed, it is possible to relieve colic or even completely get rid of them by changing the mixture. Since the immaturity of the digestive system is one of the most common causes of colic, discuss with your pediatrician the possibility of introducing a specialized mixture for a comfortable digestion – such as Similac Comfort. Experts recommend a mixture based on specially treated protein, with probiotics and prebiotics in the composition, without palm oil to facilitate digestion in children with gastrointestinal disorders. . **
Some tips that may help:
-Creating an atmosphere of comfort and predictability in the house – one of the ways to deal with colic. Feed your baby in a calm environment, carefully observing all the rules. You should not be distracted by extraneous affairs, loud noises or the attention of other people.
-If you are breastfeeding, stick to a diet for nursing moms.
-If the baby eats the mixture, correctly, by age, choose a nozzle on the bottle and try to keep his head in a raised position when feeding, so that he does not swallow air.
-At the first manifestations of colic, make a light massage to the baby, stroke his tummy, legs and pens. You can also be helped by a special vibrating mattress, or by the rocking of the crumbs on your hands. White noise sometimes helps – the sound of a washing machine, a fan, a vacuum cleaner, and flowing water.
It is very likely that colic is not one reason, but a whole complex of factors. It is unlikely that you will be able to eliminate them overnight, so try to be patient. With almost 90% of the probability of colic in a baby will be before he turns five months. Remember that before this baby is very much connected with mom – his physical and psychological state reflects you, so keep calm and have a positive attitude.
* Vandenplas Y. et al. ldquoUpdated algorithms for managing frequent gastro-intestinal symptoms in infantsrdquo. Beneficial Microbes, 2015 6 (2): 199-208.
** Haschke F. et al. Clinical trials of Bifidobacterium Bb12 probiotic strain in the follow-up milksrdquo. Monatsschr. Kinderheilkd, 1998 (Suppl.1) 146: 26-30