Help and Advice on Dealing With Infant Colic

Help and Advice on Dealing With Infant Colic

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Infant colic is a common condition that affects up to 20% of babies. It is characterized by excessive crying and fussiness, especially in the evenings. The exact cause of colic is unknown, but it is thought to be related to immature digestive systems.

Symptoms of Colic

Symptoms of Colic

The symptoms of colic typically begin in the first few weeks of life and usually resolve by the time the baby is 4-6 months old. The most common symptom is excessive crying, which may last for hours at a time. The baby may also be fussy, irritable, and have trouble sleeping.

Causes of Colic

The exact cause of colic is unknown, but it is thought to be related to immature digestive systems. Babies with colic may have difficulty digesting milk, gas, or other foods. They may also be sensitive to certain foods or activities.

Risk Factors for Colic

There are a few factors that may increase a baby's risk of developing colic, including:

  • Being born prematurely
  • Having a family history of colic
  • Being a first-born child

Treatment Options for Colic

There is no one-size-fits-all treatment for colic, but there are a number of things parents can do to help their babies cope:

  • Swaddling: Swaddling can help to mimic the feeling of being in the womb and can provide a sense of security.
  • Movement: Soothing movements, such as rocking, bouncing, or taking a walk, can help to calm a colicky baby.
  • White noise: White noise can help to block out other sounds that may be causing the baby to cry.
  • Gripe water: Gripe water is a liquid medication that is thought to help to relieve gas.
  • Breast milk: Some babies may be sensitive to certain types of formula. It may be helpful to try a different type of formula or to switch to breast milk if the baby is formula-fed.
  • Avoiding triggers: It is important to identify any potential triggers for your baby's colic, such as certain foods or activities.

How the Babocush can help

The Babocush Cushion holds your baby safely and securely on its front, the perfect position for easing reflux, colic and wind. Babies in this position do not experience the startle reflex, and the soothing vibration and heartbeat sounds create a womb-like environment for your little one. Combined, these different aspects of the Babocush Cushion have been shown to reduce colic in babies under six months – with the added benefit of giving parents some much-needed rest and relaxation.

Managing Colic at Different Times of Day

Managing Colic at Different Times of Day

Dealing with colic requires a nuanced approach, especially when considering the varied challenges presented at different times of the day. During the day, engaging your colicky baby in gentle activities such as tummy time or taking them for a stroll in a well-ventilated area can help alleviate discomfort. 

As evening approaches, when colic tends to peak, consider creating a calming bedtime routine with a warm bath, gentle massage, or soothing lullabies to ease your baby into sleep. Throughout the night, recognizing and promptly addressing potential triggers like hunger or discomfort from a wet diaper can contribute to more peaceful sleep patterns. 

Experimenting with different soothing techniques, such as the use of white noise machines or a comforting nightlight, may provide additional relief during the nighttime hours. Understanding and tailoring your strategies to the unique demands of each time period can contribute significantly to managing colic and fostering a more serene environment for both baby and parents.

Parental Stress

Parental Stress

When it comes to managing colic, it's essential to recognize that parental stress can play a significant role in exacerbating the baby's fussiness and sleep disturbances. Babies are incredibly sensitive to the emotional states of their caregivers, and elevated stress levels can inadvertently amplify the symptoms of colic. This can create a vicious cycle where the baby's fussiness further heightens parental stress, perpetuating an endless loop of disrupted sleep and distress. Therefore, effectively managing parental stress is crucial for both the baby's comfort and the overall well-being of the family.

Taking breaks when needed, leaning on the support of loved ones, and maintaining open communication with your partner are essential steps in combating parental stress. Creating moments for self-care not only benefits the parents' physical and mental health but also contributes to a calmer and more soothing environment for the baby. By acknowledging and addressing parental stress, families can strengthen their ability to provide the nurturing and supportive environment that both the baby and themselves need.

When to See a Doctor

While colic is a common and temporary condition, it's important to seek professional advice if your baby's crying is severe, persistent, or accompanied by other symptoms. Signs that could indicate an underlying medical condition include:

  • Extremely high-pitched or weak cries
  • Less alertness or activity than usual
  • Difficulties feeding or sleeping
  • Visible pain or discomfort
  • Fever

If you notice any of these signs, it's important to consult your doctor to rule out any potential medical causes. Early diagnosis and treatment of underlying conditions can help alleviate your baby's pain and discomfort and ensure their overall well-being.

Support for Parents

Colic can be a very frustrating and stressful experience for parents. It is important to remember that you are not alone. There are many other parents who have been through this and who understand what you are going through. There are also a number of support groups available for parents of colicky babies.


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