Although it’s quite common, colic can be very distressing for both you and your baby. The good news is that it won’t last forever, and they will be able to feed and gain weight normally again. Long periods of crying every day can be distressing, but they will pass.
HOW DO I KNOW IF MY BABY HAS COLIC?
Colic can occur at any time in the first few weeks after birth, it will usually disappear by the time your baby’s three months old.
If your baby has a flushed face, clenches their fists, pulls their legs up to their chest, and cries loudly for two–threehours at a time, often 15 minutes after feeding, it’s likely they have colic.
WHAT CAUSES COLIC?
The causes are not fully known, but it’s thought that swallowing too much air without burping can fill the tummy with wind, which is painful. Overactive bowels can also cause painful tummy cramps.
WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP MY BABY?
- Wrapping them in a warm blanket after a warm bath can soothe symptoms
- Gently massaging their tummy in a clockwise direction can help
- Speak to your doctor if you’re worried about your baby’s colic
WINDING TECHNIQUES CAN HELP
If you usually put your baby over your shoulder to wind them, try lying them face down across your knees instead.
DOES COLIC HAVE LONG-TERM EFFECTS?
Colicky babies don’t have any lasting problems once the colic stops, but it can be hard to listen to the long periods of crying every day. Remember, it will pass and things will go back to normal