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Are these really baby colic? Check for symptoms


Does the child cry for a long time and the parent has a problem of solving crying? Diagnosis is made: colic. Meanwhile, a toddler does not always have to suffer from colic. Often, spikes are talked too quickly and exaggeratedly. What is baby colic really and when can it be recognized? Here's everything about baby colic symptoms.

Baby colic - how often does it occur?

Baby colic occurs in 5-30% of babies. Why such large discrepancies? It turns out that researchers have doubts about the validity of estimating the colic frequency for the reasons mentioned above. Colic is often found where you can only talk about the natural behavior of the youngest babies.

Baby colic: definition

Baby colic is a long, difficult to soothe crying or fussing child lasting at least 3 hours a day for 3 days a week for at least three weeks. Most often the child cries between 17.00 and 24.00. A characteristic symptom of colic is that the parent can stand on eyelashes, and it is impossible to soothe the baby. The child cries and only when the colic passes, does he fall asleep, as if nothing had happened. Colic is not associated with hunger, bowel movements or illness.

The symptoms of colic are repeated systematically. They appear most often around 2 weeks of age. They usually disappear when the child is 4 months old.

Are these really baby colic?

Often, baby colic is diagnosed in children about six weeks old. Why? Because it is during this period that the babies become particularly tearful. At this time, crying about 3 hours a day, usually in the evening, is recognized as the physiological norm. An infant's crying, even long and exhausting, does not necessarily mean colic.

Baby colic symptoms

A child suffering from colic usually looks and behaves in a typical way:

  • the child has a red face
  • often turns his head sharply back and forth,
  • baby has legs curled up to the tummy,
  • increased abdominal tension is observed,
  • the fists are clenched,
  • the child does not calm down while carrying and hugging.

How to deal with colic?

Colic must survive. Just wait out. The basis is parents' solidarity and support, understanding that colic will eventually pass.

It can be helpful to modify the feeding, improve the technique, make sure that the baby does not lie too level during feeding, that he is not overfed, or eat too quickly and greedily. In the case of colic, it is worth considering the presence of food intolerances.

Many parents recommend tummy massage performed in a circular motion, foot and back movements, and attempts to reduce the intensity of external stimuli. It often helps to drive a car, walk with a baby and white noise.

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