by NativeRemedies on April 12th, 2010 at 9:00 am
Colic is a medical condition that affects babies. In medical terms, a baby has to cry for more than 3 hours a day, 3 days a week, for more than 3 weeks in a row before colic is diagnosed.
Colic tends to be worse at certain times of the day, such as during the evening and in the middle of the night. While the baby is crying they look so angry! Their fists are clenched and legs up in the air while the abdominal area is cramping up.
Colic usually starts in newborn babies to infants who are two months old. Not all infants get colic but it is very common. There are a number of things that you can do to relieve the colic and get your peace of mind back. By the end of 3 months your baby should be over the episodes and both of you can, once again, get some sleep!
If your baby is well fed, healthy and has her other basic needs met, yet she is still crying, then it is time to suspect colic as the culprit. All babies cry at one time or another since it is their only way to communicate. Babies with colic cry a lot more than normal and it seems that nothing you can do will make them stop.
If you are worried about your baby’s crying, don’t hesitate to take her to the pediatrician for confirmation that there are no other illnesses present.
Doctors have not determined exactly what causes colic, but it is likely a type of gastrointestinal problem caused by a digestive system that is not yet mature. There are plenty of theories about what causes colic: allergies, lactose intolerance and anxiety in the mom among them. Nevertheless, many mothers have noticed that their baby feels better after they pass gas or have a bowel movement.
If your baby has colic then you do not have anything to worry about besides keeping your sanity until your baby outgrows it. The pediatrician is likely to recommend something that will help relieve the gas such as Mylicon. If you are leery about the side effects or do not want to put your baby on a medication so early in life, there are herbal alternatives which can be very effective. A remedy with Chamomilla and Magnesium Phosphate is good for helping to relieve the gas pains that your baby is having.
Take comfort in the fact that colic normally lasts no longer than a few months and soon your baby will be the happy bundle of joy you imagined during those long months of pregnancy.
iBaba™ is a homeopathic remedy relieves digestive distress and cramping in babies due to colic.