Colic: What Parents Need to Know
Crying is normal for babies, as it is the only way they have to express their needs. Yet roughly 15 to 25 percent of infants cry excessively with no apparent cause. Colic is generally diagnosed by the “rule of threes”: crying bouts start at around 3 weeks of age and last for 3 or more hours per day, 3 or more days per week, for more than 3 weeks in a row. Though it is little consolation to tired and frustrated parents, colic usually subsides by 3 or 4 months of age. Here is what you need to know about this common condition.
Colic Isn’t Illness
Conditions like food allergies and acid reflux can cause pain and crying, so it is important to have your baby thoroughly checked by a pediatrician. If the diagnosis is colic, though, your baby isn’t actually sick. Many kids with colic have a lot of gas, but experts now agree that the gas is caused by the crying, rather than the other way around.
Causes of Colic
What causes colic is still a mystery. An immature digestive system, imbalances of melatonin and serotonin in the brain, and family stress or anxiety are all possible contributing factors. In some cases, though, there is no apparent cause. Diagnosis is typically made by ruling out health conditions that cause similar symptoms.
Effects of Colic
Colic causes no lasting damage, and babies eventually outgrow it. However, the intense and inconsolable crying jags can have a real impact on both the infant and the entire family. Colic is associated with postpartum depression, lack of maternal desire to breastfeed, anxiety and depression in parents, and even shaken baby syndrome.
Soothing Your Baby: The Five S’s
The Five S’s are a set of pediatrician-recommended tactics to help calm your baby: swaddling, swinging (gently), making “shooshing” noises in the baby’s ear, sucking on a pacifier, and side or stomach time while laying across your lap with her head supported. Not all techniques help all infants, but most respond to one or more techniques.
The best way to keep yourself sane through a bout of colic is to take frequent breaks. Put your baby somewhere safe, such as in his crib, and take a few minutes for yourself. Take a shower, call a friend, or sip some hot tea. In addition, enlist help from your spouse, siblings, parents, or a trusted friend to ensure you get a full half hour per day to practice self-care. Make sure you tell the caregiver about the colic. Also consider joining a parent support group in person or online to help maintain perspective and avoid blaming yourself.
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