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. Curable Baby Colics!

Todays Date: December 18, 2018

Repetitive tests to conform the pregnancy, excitement and fear at the same time and a lot other mixed kind of feelings are something that one undergoes before finally accepting the fact that ‘Ok, this is it and we have a situation here now!’. As in my case I remember walking in front of the mirror and speaking out loudly ‘I m going to be a mother now!’ again and again to make myself accept what was now about to undergo. And the minute I was through with the initial state of thrill, the very first question I asked myself was ‘Will I be able to do it?’ And then after step by step planning up everything (with my boyfriend) we divided things into two prenatal and post natal. I was head strong to undergo all that was about to hit me in the prenatal and trimesters stage but what I was really worried about was the Post natal phase. I had seen by sister’s baby crying for hours without any reason. The long-long sessions of crying used to continue throughout the day and sometimes even at night. And this in her baby’s case continued out for 1 complete year. I later on discovered about Baby Colic.

Colic can take an enormous toll on parents, transforming what should be the happiest time in our lives into one of abject misery. You were the same way when you were a baby, my mom told me. You turned out just fine. Just fine? My sister was a wreck. She physically beat herself up because she couldn’t stop her baby from crying.” The situation turned out to be so worse that she even thought that she was failing on some fundamental level as a mother. I therefore, consulted a doctor before undergoing such trauma and was surprised to find out that that there was a reason and also a solution Baby Colic.

What is Colic?

An infant with colic is the one who, otherwise healthy and well-fed, had paroxysms of irritability, fussing or crying lasting for a total of three hours a day and occurring on more than three days in any one week for a period of three weeks. There are some babies who are more prone to infantile colic than others. It is generally believed that if one or both parents were colicky, their baby is more at risk. Infantile colic typically begins at about 2 to 3 weeks of age, reaches its peak at 2 months, begins to subside by 3 months, and is gone by 3 ½ to 4 months of age.

Reason::

The frustrating fact remains that although one in four babies has colic and much research has been done on the topic, there is no one proven cause of colic. In some studies, no discernable cause was found for a quarter of those babies who suffered from colicky episodes. This is very frustrating for most parents.

What can be done to help with Colic?

First of all, remember you are not alone. This is a very common problem (up to 25% of all babies suffer from colic). Some suggestions:

-Do not overfeed! Stick to your baby’s regular feeding schedule

– Breastfeeding mothers should avoid milk products (“you don’t have to drink milk to make milk”), caffeine, onions, cabbage, beans, broccoli and other gas-producing, irritating foods.

– Be sure that if your baby is taking juices, that they are very diluted, or just offer plain water. If babies are really thirsty, they will drink it.

– In the formula-fed baby, try a completely low-allergy formula (for example, Nutramigen, Alimentum, or Pregestamil).

– Try walking the baby in a front-pouch-style carrier with his legs drawn up and pressure off of his belly.

– Wrap the baby firmly in a comfortable blanket (“swaddling”).

– Medications, such as simethicone, and other homeopathic treatments have not conclusively proven to be more effective than placebo (sugar pill) and should be avoided unless prescribed by your infant’s medical provider.

– Using Certain probiotics (dietary supplements containing live bacteria or yeast and used to aid digestion).

And at last … Take a break! When the anxiety, fear, and tension get to be too much, try to have someone else watch the baby, even for an hour, and leave the house. Try to keep a positive attitude.

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