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How to Treat Colic

by SarahD on November 16, 2010

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Treating Colic in Infants

Bringing a newborn baby home from the hospital is a joyous occasion for any family. These little bundles of joy often signal a great change in a family’s dynamic, and will no doubt bring about many moments of happiness and tenderness in the years to come. Unfortunately, some parents find themselves dealing with more than they’d expected when their baby develops infant colic.

Colic is a condition in which a healthy baby cries for extended amounts of time, with no discernible reason as to why. Dealing with a baby with colic can be a stressful and frustrating situation, as solutions can be difficult to come by. Furthermore, incessant crying can wreak havoc on your family’s sleep patterns, cause the mother to develop postpartum depression, and could potentially lead to fatalities from SIDS or suffocation, due to the baby’s exhaustion.

Though babies who develop colic normally overcome the condition by the age of three months, there are several steps you can take to treat colic. One of the most effective ways to treat this condition is by changing the milk the baby is consuming. If an infant is consuming human breast milk, the mother may need to make changes in her diet, which will in turn affect the quality of her milk. The best way to do so may simply be to remove several foods which you believe may trigger the baby’s colic, and in turn reintroduce them to your diet one by one. In doing so, you’ll be able to determine if one specific food is the cause of the baby’s discomfort. Formula-fed babies may simply need to be switched to another kind of formula.

If feeding changes don’t alleviate the baby’s crying fits, there are several different ways you can attempt to comfort the baby. Swaddling the baby close to your body and rocking him back and forth has been shown to be effective in babies dealing with colic. Placing the baby in a stroller and taking a walk with him can also be an effective form of relief for both the baby and the parent.

Another technique that’s proven effective with babies who have colic is giving the infant a finger or a pacifier to suck on. Sucking reminds the child of feeding and is a comforting action for him. White noise in the form of a CD or produced by making a “shh” sound is also comforting to babies, as it reminds them of the noises of the womb.

Some doctors prescribe medicine to infants dealing with colic, but it has not been shown to be effective in treating the underlying issue. In trying the different avenues for giving your child relief, you’re likely to determine the cause of the problem, and accordingly, should be able to sort out the appropriate solution. Ultimately, even if the colic does not subside, remember that the condition is not permanent, and will go away naturally in a short time, leaving you to enjoy many happy moments with your newborn.

Sarah Danielson writes for Security labels where you can find custom security labels and stickers.

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