The Best Ways To Treat Your Baby's Colic by djsgjg0045


									Any parent will tell you that colic is one of the most excruciating experiences of early
parenthood. The baby cries as if in dire pain, and there just seems to be nothing for a
parent to do. A baby is suspected to have colic if, around the age of three weeks, the
baby starts crying inconsolably for hours at a time. The condition is termed 'colic'
because it was assumed that babies were crying due to stomach pain. Doctors are no
longer sure that a stomach ache causes colic, but the term continues to be in use.
  The first step is to ascertain the cause of distress. Newborn babies often cry because
of hunger, earache, wetness or cold. If these factors can be safely ruled out, crying can
be attributed to the mysterious colic. Sometimes little tummies do not agree with the
protein in traditional baby formula or from a mother's milk. After consulting your
doctor, change the formula. Switch to a soy-based formula. Even in breastfed babies,
an excess of cows' milk products in the mother's diet can cause tummy aches. Root
vegetables and highly acidic food products like chocolates, tomatoes, or grapefruit in
the mother's diet can also upset the stomach of a feeding infant. Gas producing food
like broccoli, cabbage, onions, cauliflower, peppers, and citrus fruits may all become
suspect at such a time. Your doctor may advise you to go on an exclusion diet for
some time. Most newborns outgrow their sensitivity to food and become naturally
vigorous and robust within three to six months.
  If the baby is being breastfed, it is necessary to feed on demand. The evening hours
see a decline in production of milk. Feeding the baby often during these hours will
ensure an abundant supply of milk. If the baby is being bottle-fed, care must be taken
to hold the bottle properly, so that there is no swallowing of air. Patting the baby
gently on the back after each feeding is another effective method of releasing gas.
With the increasing incidences of cot deaths, doctors advise parents to put their babies
to sleep on their back. However sometimes babies with colic like to lie on their
stomachs. This is safe, so long as you are awake and vigilant.
  Doctors sometimes attribute colic to maternal stress. It's only natural for mothers to
get stressed when little babies cry until they are red in the face. But babies are very
sensitive to stress and a mother whose nerves are frayed cannot calm a distressed baby.
At such a time, mothers should get extra help and spend some time away from the
scene. Take a warm bath or go for a stroll.
  Traditionally, colicky babies have been fed with gripe water approximately half an
hour before feeding. But these products should be checked for their ingredients. Some
may contain artificial ingredients and preservatives. Sensitive digestive systems of
colicky infants can definitely do without such irritants.
  A warm aromatherapy bath calms and soothes the baby. Add a few drops of lavender
to warm bath water and gently massage the tummy. This will help relieve painfully
trapped gas. Babies also like to be in water.
  Small babies need a lot of warmth and security. Swaddling the baby in warm clothes
and holding it against the steady soothing rhythm of a parent's heartbeat can
sometimes soothe the baby's pain. Walking, rocking, and repetitive movements also
have a calming effect. Applying gentle pressure on the abdomen will help relieve
stomach ache. This position is known as the 'colic hold.'
  Finally, remember colic is a stage in the growth of your baby. This too will pass.
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