Becoming a parent is overwhelming. So many new responsibilities and ohh those sleepless nights. Everything from the post pregnancy pain to postpartum depression and night-time feeding and diaper changes just leave you drained. And if this is happening with you too, I feel you.
What can add more to the new parent agony is when your baby has colic. Yes, it can be really tough to handle baby colic. Those who have faced such a situation know what I am talking about, and those of you who do not, let me explain it to you.
What is colic?
Colic is severe,often fluctuating pain in the abdomen caused by intestinal gas or obstruction in the intestines and suffered especially by babies. And think of those tiny little creatures having this pain. How painful it would be to them. And then with this pain, how can one expect them to be happy. Yes, with baby colic you can expect lots and lots of crying. And sometimes, new parents find it really hard to understand why their baby has been crying. Most often the reason is baby colic.
What causes baby colic?
Babies have the tendency to gulp a lot of air when they take feeds. This intake of air then causes a gassy baby. Usually colic tends to upset the baby the most during the evening hours. So, if your baby cries for long hours even after feeding and diapering, you might want to get the baby checked for colic. Your pediatric can easily figure it out by listening to the rumbling sounds in the stomach.
Tips to handle Colic:
These are a few tips and tricks that worked with my baby and helped me have a happy baby. When I remember the time when she used to suffer from colic and kept on crying, I feel so bad for her. It is one of the reasons that I really wanted to help the parents out there who too might be facing the same issues. I hope these tips help you as much as they helped me:
Make a routine to massage your baby. Massage your baby’s tummy in circular motions with gentle hands. Then use the cycling exercise so as to help your baby to pass out the excess gas. You will see that your baby feels relieved instantly.
This is one of the best things suggested by her pediatrician. He advised to give her Gerber Probiotic Drops and after approximately 10 days he asked us to stop giving her the colic drops and start giving her a little yogurt as it has the same probiotic bacteria. Let me tell you this worked great for her. Her digestion improved and she was not colicky any more. And she was just a few weeks old that time!
But consult your pediatric before giving your baby these drops.
3. Dr. Brown Bottles
These bottles are another thing that worked as charm for her. I was so impressed by these that I still use these to feed her. They are specially designed to deal with the problem of colic. They are also highly recommended by pediatricians all over US.
When my mother told me to burp my baby every time after I feed her, I thought it is just another old wives myth but then I realized that burping after every feed helps the baby release the excess air that has been taken. Come what may, never skip burping the baby after every feed.
5. Feeding schedule
This one is hard to implement at first. Seeing your baby hungry and not feeding them because you want to create a schedule for them is heart-breaking for the parents. But let me tell you, once your baby develops a feeding schedule, half the problem of colic would get resolved. More so because the baby would not be just snacking all the time, but, taking feeds when actually hungry.I used to feed my baby every 2 hours up until the age of 5 months.She still has an age-appropriate feeding schedule.
Raising a baby is hard. But if you follow the right path, half the hurdles can be overcome very easily.
I hope that your baby get some respite from colic after trying out these tricks.
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