Colic and reflux are some of the most common conditions that affect newborn babies. 25% of babies suffer from colic, and for reflux the figure is estimated at double that. As an expecting or new parent, familiarising yourself with these conditions can prove helpful, to be safe if nothing else. Thankfully at babocush, we are more than familiar with both colic and reflux, so these pointers on how to address the conditions should help.
How do you know your baby has colic?
A colicky baby is easy to spot or to be more accurate, impossible to miss. Yes, colic is loud, and it is loud for long periods of time. If your baby cries for 3 or more hours at a time on a regular basis, they are likely to be suffering from colic. These marathon crying fits can occur on a near daily basis and will often be at a similar time.
What are the symptoms of reflux?
Reflux exhibits itself mainly at feeding time or shortly afterwards. Regularly spitting up food, gagging on food or even refusing feeds are all signs of reflux. Some babies may become irritable around feeding times often resulting in crying. Aside from feeding time, ear infections and persistent coughing are also signs of reflux.
What causes colic?
Interestingly, there is no agreed answer to this question. Medical experts have suggested the condition is a result of internal bacteria, sensitivity and physical strains. Many medical professionals agree that babies exposed to smoke in the womb are more likely to be colicky when born. Food allergies and other forms of irritation can induce colic-like symptoms. If you are concerned about your baby's growth or development a visit to the doctor is a must.
And, what causes Reflux?
Unsurprisingly, due to how the condition presents itself, reflux is often associated with the digestive system. The primary cause according to the NHS is an underdeveloped oesophagus. As your baby's digestive system grows, feeding can feel like working a weak muscle. As they grow the digestive process becomes more natural for your newborn, it just takes some time. Some babies do suffer from reflux as a result of a reaction to cow's milk, so consider removing it from their diet if this is the case.
How can you treat colic and reflux?
Treating colic and reflux can be frustrating because both can last for months. Colic especially can be very hard to manage. When your newborn cries for hours it can become equally stressful for parent and baby. For colic, try swaddling your baby as it holds them and can be physically reassuring. Positional changes are also beneficial to a colicky baby, and some gentle, consistent noise can also help avoid irritating stimulation.
For reflux, a change in feeding habits can make a real difference. Try smaller feeds on a more regular basis, making the workload for the digestive systems more manageable. Wind your baby immediately after feeds and even as you feed them. Check when you are feeding that your baby is not too horizontal - a more upright position may prevent trapped gas build up.
What can the babocush do for me?
Well, all of the above thankfully. The babocush holds your baby safely in a tummy-down position. Tummy time can be invaluable; it alleviates pressure on the back and wind-pipe. By relaxing the airways, your baby can breathe easy and enjoy the change in position.
While on their tummy, the cushion helps recreate the conditions of the womb with a heartbeat simulator. The device inside every babocush cushion sends out a gentle, consistent beat that soothes your baby. Ahead of bedtime or after feeding it offers a unique period of contentment not found elsewhere. To learn more about the babocush, click here and offer contentment to your baby.