Conditions

Colic

Colic

All newborn babies cry but colic is particularly persistent, uncontrollable crying that doesn’t seem to have a cause. The condition is common in babies during the first three or four months of life and though it isn’t serious, it can be worrying – and tiring – for parents because nothing seems to comfort your baby.

It isn’t known exactly what causes colic, though experts suggest it is connected with the development of the digestive system, and that smoking during pregnancy raises the chances of a baby having colic by 50 per cent.

Colic is distinguished from ordinary crying by its intensity and length. Babies with colic can cry or even scream for hours at a time over several weeks or months. Though it doesn’t affect a baby’s growth or ability to feed, it can have an impact on their sleep and – just as importantly – affect you as a parent.

So what can you do about colic? The first thing is to check that your baby isn’t suffering from any of those factors which naturally make infants cry: hunger, wind, nappy rash, temperature and tiredness. If none of those seem to be the cause, try massaging your baby’s tummy or back gently. Let your baby suck on a dummy, bottle or the breast, as all these can be comforting. So can hugging your baby while gently moving.

It is also though that certain foods, such as cow’s milk or sugary formula feeds may trigger colic. So too may caffeine and spicy foods in mum’s diet. Even if this is the case however, it can be difficult to work out exactly where the problem lies. Breastfeading mum’s should discuss any changes in diet – your own as well as your baby’s – with a health visitor first.

After four months colic will usually pass naturally. For new parents though, four months of crying and sleepless nights can seem an awfully long time! The important thing is not to get cross with your baby. If you have a partner, try and share the care, and don’t be afraid of asking your health visitor or doctor for further advice.

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my 3 yr old son has a bowel problem sometimes his poo is tarry or like a paste even very watery he can even be constapated he lets wind off alot & sometimes when he lets wind it follows through i have been to his gp & they thought it was colic & they took a poo sample but that came back normal i dont know what else to do any suggestion





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Maybe your can put him on hungry baby milk hun. give it a whirl. my little boys was a very hungry baby and i put him on some sma hungry baby and it worked. Hope this helps x





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my babys is 3 weeks old and is hungry all the time, he already has 5 oz every 2 hours but it doesnt seem to fill him. he crys all the time he is awake cause he is soo hungry





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Colic is a common, but poorly understood, condition that affects babies. The most common symptom of colic is excessive and inconsolable crying in a baby that otherwise appears to be healthy and well-fed. Read More »