Infant colic: what to do?

Infant colic: what to do?

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Every night, your baby cries and squirms. A very disarming situation. Some keys to understand and relieve the famous colics of the infant. One in five babies is concerned!

What are the signs that baby is suffering from colic?

  • If your baby cries a lot, seems uncomfortable, flexes his arms and legs on his abdomen, visibly to relieve himself, is that he is probably in contact with these infamous colics of the infant. You can also see that the touch, his belly is hard, bloated, it emits a lot of gas while it is not constipated. The rocking and caresses you lavish on him do not change anything, any more than taking a bottle. It is at the same time on the intensity of the crying, or their regularity (between 17 and 18 hours) and their inconsolable side that one can carry the diagnosis of colics.
  • These seizures occur around the fifteenth day of life, rarely before, and generally last until the end of the third month, with a more intense peak at 6 weeks.

Infant colic: what are the causes?

  • Infant colic remains one of the biggest puzzles of pediatrics. Several hypotheses have been put forward, such as factors related to maturation, disorders of the intestinal motricity, gases or food factors such as intolerance to lactose or cow's milk protein.
  • The specialists also evoke behavioral hypotheses. Would these colicky babies be more emotional and more responsive to what is happening in their environment? The mystery remains whole.
  • Colic comes from colon ... Gold there is no evidence that the colon is really responsible for this condition. The scientific community is moving towards a term that is close to "inconsolable crying syndrome". It is also envisaged to name them that way.
  • To be sure that it is colic, consult your doctor or pediatrician. It will ensure that there is no other cause that would require specific treatment: gastroesophageal reflux, constipation, dietary error (under or overeating), hernia ...

How long does it last?

  • Colic usually starts ten days after birth and ends around 3 months.
  • They have no impact on your toddler's health. Besides, outside these hours of tears and cries, he smiles, he chirps!

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