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How to Recognize Colic Symptoms in Infants

by SarahD on May 25, 2011

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Colic Symptoms in Babies

In infants there is no prevalent a condition as Colic, affecting as many as 25% of all babies. Colic occurs when an otherwise healthy infant suddenly, and seemingly without provocation begins uncontrollable bouts of crying or wailing for long periods of time. The term Colic is a medical catch-all for any assortment of uncertain causes for the upset, including gastronomical problems such as gas or stomach issues. Colic is responsible for 1 out 6 infantile visits to doctor or emergency rooms, as new parents are worried about possible signs of distress that might lead to something severe. While colic, itself, is typically difficult to attribute to a certain source, and tends to vanish after the infant reaches 3 months of age (although sometimes lasting up to a year), it can still be a serious problem in terms of parenting stress, doctor visits and unnecessary treatment, as well as in extreme cases causing shaken baby syndrome and SIDS. It’s an unwanted addition of stress during an already trying time period in a family. But observing the symptoms and knowing what you’re dealing with can help relieve at least some of that tension.

Symptoms of colic normally occur when a well-rested, well-fed, otherwise healthy baby starts exhibiting signs of uncontrollable and inconsolable crying. A child with colic will cry for no discernable reason for up to several hours, at times. During the end of the bout of crying the child may pass gas or have a bowel movement. This has lead to the gastrointestinal theory of colic in which the condition in fussy babies is associated with a build up of gas or other GI troubles. This might be the case in some but not all infants. It is normal to witness changes I body-language and movement such as clenching of fists or curling of feet as a sign of distress.

There are several known actions that will worsen the colic symptoms. Overfeeding in an effort to appease the baby’s condition is a common cause of extending the episode, as well as feeding the baby foods high in sugar which might increase gas buildup within the infant. Also negative reactions to the infants behavior can been seen to worsen conditions as the baby sympathetically reacts to parental emotions.

Breastfeeding has statistically shown to reduce the occurrence of colic episodes. Keeping a steady feeding schedule regardless of feeding method has shown promising results, as well as making sure to never over-feed the child. Breastfeeding mothers should avoid dairy, caffeine, and other known gas producing foods. Also avoid feeding your infant juices that are not partially diluted.

Colic episodes tend to be isolated, although it is not uncommon for them to occur around the same time when they do happen, usually attributed to feeding schedule. It is important to remember that in early years and signs of distress should be met by taking the infant to see something qualified to determine that the condition is not more serious than it appears.

Sarah Danielson writes for BluWiki where you can find Popeye’s Coupons and Bed Bath & Beyond Coupons.

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