All babies cry latest popular is. It’s their way of telling you that they’re hungry, tired or in need of a nappy change. But if your baby constantly cries for no apparent reason, he may have colic.
Colic is characterised by repeated stretches of inconsolable crying. It’s a common condition, affecting many babies during their first few months.
Your baby is colicky if his crying:
- Lasts for three or more hours at a time.
- Persists for three or more days a week.
- Happens for at least three weeks in a row.
Other symptoms include:
- Crying intensely and furiously, even after being fed or cleaned.
- Crying at the same time every day.
- Increased bowel activity, and passing gas during crying.
- Irregular and disrupted sleeping and eating.
- Baby appears to be in pain and becomes red or flushed in the face.
- Baby tenses up, pulls up his legs and clenches his fists.
Colic isn’t a disease and won’t cause your baby any real harm, but it can be distressing and frustrating for parents. The good news is that colic is short-lived. It usually peaks around six weeks and gradually goes away after a few months.
What causes it?
The exact cause of colic is a mystery. It is equally common in firstborn and later-born babies, boys and girls, and breastfed and formula-fed infants. Why some babies are more prone than others is unknown, but there may be more than one cause.
Research shows that babies born to mothers who smoked during pregnancy are at an increased risk for colic. Colic could also be caused by an imbalance of healthy bacteria in the intestines. Studies have shown that infants with colic have different intestinal microflora than infants who don’t suffer from colic.
Some experts also believe that colicky may be a physical release for sensitive babies. For some babies, too many sights, sounds or sensations can be overwhelming, and they become distraught and start to cry.
Colic is not a reflection on your parenting. It doesn’t make you a bad parent and isn’t your fault.
Help at hand
- Give him a warm bath to help him relax.
- Play soothing music. A lullaby or soft classical music may quiet him down.
- Take him for a walk in a stroller or sling. The change of scenery and fresh air may help calm him.
- Swaddle (wrap firmly and snugly in a warm blanket) him to make him feel more secure.
- Offer him a pacifier. Sucking is soothing for some babies.
Tip: Don’t neglect your own wellbeing. Caring for a colicky baby can be very stressful, so take breaks. Ask your partner, friend or relative take over while you go for a walk or let loose with a good cry yourself.