The day has finally come, you’ve finally brought your newborn home from the hospital! For the first couple of weeks, you marvel at your baby who does little more than sleep, eat, pee and cry. Then one day, your little one erupts in prolonged, ear-shattering wails, complete with clenched fists, flailing legs and an unhappy red face.
No matter what you try, you can’t comfort your crying baby - and that's not all - your baby repeats these heartbreaking, stressful episodes every night at the same time for what seems like forever. Welcome to the world of colic!
Does your baby have some of the symptoms mentioned above? Read on for the signs of colic plus the causes and remedies to get you through.
What Is Colic?
When your baby seems perfectly healthy, has no obvious signs of distress and yet cries continually, they may be suffering from colic. Colic is prolonged bouts of excessive, frequent crying for no apparent reason, although some abdominal discomfort is thought to accompany it due to the way many babies draw their knees up when they cry which would indicate trapped wind. These episodes can be very distressing for both baby and parent, and can last for several weeks.
When are the typical signs of colic?
Normal crying typically starts when your little one is about 2 weeks old. When babies develop colic, it's usually between 2 and 4 weeks of age. About 1 in 5 babies end up suffering with colic. Other symptoms typically include:
- Babies with colic normally cry inconsolably for long periods of time.
- Some babies with colic experience bloated tummies, however not always.
- Babies with colic often pull their knees up to their chest and go red in the face
- Although there may be other causes, babies with colic often have a distinctive, high-pitched cry.
How Long Does Colic Typically Last?
Colic episodes can last for about 3 hours a day until your baby is about 6 weeks old; then, these episodes may get shorter and last about 1 or 2 hours a day until your little one is about 3 or 4 months old. In general, colicky crying tends to stop when your child is about 4 months old, but it can sometimes last until around 6 months of age.
Parents who struggle to cope with colic, often experience feelings such as guilt and worry. However, there are a lot of common myths around colic which aren’t true, such as:
- Babies with colic do not have a high temperature or lose weight.
- Babies with colic do not tend to suffer from explosive, watery diarrhoea.
- Babies with colic do not typically suffer from hiccups and/or vomiting.
- Babies with colic do not tend to develop worse colic symptoms after feeding.
Don’t worry - your baby's not in pain. According to recent research, colicky babies have no higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol - a physical indicator of pain - when they cry than babies who do not have colic.
How can the babocush help colic?
The babocush helps prevent colic by holding your baby securely just like you do on their tummy, and has the extra comfort of gentle vibrations and a heartbeat sound for added relaxation. This gives you the chance to catch your breath as well as them, because colic is exhausting for both parent and baby. To shop, click here.
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