Madhu has not had enough sleep for almost a whole week. Her little baby girl starts crying in the evening and continues to cry till early hours of the morning. Madhu lives alone with her husband and does not have access to the sensible advice of experienced mothers. Being a first time mom, she really doesn't know why little Kiera has been so whiny all week. Madhu took her daughter to the doctor and was told that her baby was perfectly fine except for a little colic which caused her pain and discomfort.
What is Colic?
Colic is an unexplained sever pain in the abdomen that babies between the age 2 weeks to 5-6 months may experience. It is usually the reason why babies cry for no apparent reason for hours. Though it is not a dangerous malady, it does bring tears to the eyes of a parent. Usually babies get colicky in the evenings. It is often said that colic is a result of the gas or wind in a baby's tummy. The apparent explanation is that the baby takes in a good amount of air when she is fed. This air or wind inside the digestive tract caused pain and discomfort.
Dealing With Colic
-If your baby gets colicky, the first thing to do is to burp it after every feed. This releases the gas or wind from the baby's tummy and usually helps if done regularly.
-If you are breasfeeding your baby, it is important to watch what you eat. Avoid high protein food items as your baby may not be able to digest protein or may even be allergic to many items like dairy products.
-A belly massage also helps in relieving the pain and discomfort.
-If your baby is particularly uncomfortable, try taking her out to distract her. This usually works!
-Hold your baby close and say loving and comforting words into its ear. A mother's touch and voice usually calm down a restless baby.
-Gripe water is also known to help in dealing with colic.