Infant Colic: A Guide For New Moms

Infant Colic is just gas pain, but it takes newborn babies out of their comfort zones, and for them it’s probably like the end of the world. Babies are helpless to the excruciating pain, and the flatulence and the hardness of the stomach that accompany it. And so relieving colic and preventing it ought to become a top priority of new moms.

The origin of colic is not very clear. Experts are divided as to what really causes colic in the first place, but the following situations appear to influence its development in one way or the other.

• Diet. Lactose in milk formula is thought to contribute to the development of colic in some children. Try shifting to lactose-free formula if that offers some relief.

• Stress. Being a kind of digestive problem, colic may also be due to the emotional stress being endured by the mom which can be passed on to the baby at birth or even before.

• Personality. Even as young as one day old, babies already have personalities that make them unique from other babies. As it appears, babies who are irritable and who cry often are more prone to experience colic.

• Faster growth and development. Colic is said to also develop when the baby grows at a rate faster than his/her digestive system can cope with.

Medicines and other Natural Treatments
There are medications that offer colic relief. Anti-flatulents, anti-spasmodics, anti-histamines, and even sedatives may be prescribed by your pediatrician in the wake of a colic attack.

There are also natural ways of dealing with colic, such as:

• Massaging your baby’s tummy with oil.

• Wrapping a swaddling blanket around your baby.

• Letting your baby burp.

You might be wondering if it’s possible to prevent colic. It can be quite a challenge to try to prevent colic when you don’t even know what really causes colic in the first place. Needless to say, the following measures may help:

• If you are nursing or breastfeeding your baby, stay away from foods that can irritate the digestive system, such as coffee and tea.

• If you are bottle feeding your baby, choose a feeding bottle that is designed to reduce the incidence of colic.

• Bring your baby to an upright position when feeding him/her. Babies fed while they are lying down has greater chances of developing infant colic.

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