What is colic?
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What is colic?
Colic is the name given to the sharp, intermittent abdominal pains suffered by 20-25% of babies. It is uncontrollable, extended crying in a baby who is otherwise healthy and well-fed. Every baby cries, but babies who cry for more than three hours a day, three to four days a week, may have colic.
When a baby has colic, the life of the family is turned upside down. The parents find it extremely stressful and upsetting when their baby is crying for hours and cannot be comforted. For first-time parents in particular, it can be a shock and a disappointment to discover that the newborn baby is not the bundle of joy one was expecting. Parents may also feel guilty even though they are not the cause of their child's colic.
One should remember that the child is healthy and will outgrow the colic in a few months' time. Colic does not harm the development of the child.
Signs & Symptoms of colic?
These are several signs of colic:
- colic can start within two to four weeks after birth and the child suffers from it for up to three months.
- the baby cries loudly, often for two to three hours and can't be comforted.
- the baby often cries at roughly the same time and usually once or twice a day.
- the baby has bowel pains.
- the baby pulls their feet up under their body and clenches their fists. • some babies' stomachs rumble severely and they produce a lot of wind.
One must remember that colic might not be the only cause of your child's discomfort. If a baby cries loudly all the time and cannot be comforted, a doctor should always be consulted before the parent decides their baby has colic.
Edited 7/9/2010 5:55 pm ET by cl-lynne_1.stayathome