Colic in infants is a condition characterized by bouts of serious, unexplained fastidiousness and crying lasting over three hours for each day, over three days for every week or for over three weeks. That is the formal definition. In any case, mothers and fathers know when a child’s crying pattern changes; when the child cries excessively and does not react to previous quieting techniques.
Signs of Colic:
The child seems, by all accounts, to be in agony, constantly pulling their legs up to the midsection.
The face turns red and they hold hands while shouting or crying.
Gassiness (might be because of excessive air that has been swallowed when crying).
Crying is most common at night; however, it could be at odd hours during the day as well. At some times, the child seems quiet.
The child may be miserable.
There is refusal to eat food.
There is difficulty falling asleep. Also, if they do fall asleep, it is very short as the discomfort doesn’t allow a deep sleep.
What are the causes of Colic?
The answer is nobody knows the genuine reason.
The commonly believed cause of colic is digestive issues, despite the fact that this has to be demonstrated authoritatively. New research into the utilization of probiotics to treat colic looks exceptionally encouraging, nonetheless.
As said above, colic in children is a condition that happens soon after eating, so it gets identified with food and the digestive framework, and in this way might happen around most fast times of the day. Knowing these actualities, there are a few things you can do to keep colic at bay or if nothing else minimize the discomfort your infant experiences. For example:
• Avoid overfeeding your child especially if he suffers from frequent bouts of colic.
• Avoid foods that could trigger colic in children. This includes foods and beverages with high sugar content as they give rise to gas in the stomach and aggravate the situation.
• Particular food allergies could be the cause of colic in your child as they affect the intestinal lining. Hence, it is important that you identify such foods and eliminate them from your child’s diet.
What is the Treatment for Colic?
As the causes of colic are not clear, there is no treatment as such for colic. At the most, what parents can do is relieve some of the unpleasant symptoms. This includes the following:
Gas Drops (Simethicone)
Warm packs on the tummy
A low allergen diet (breastfeeding)
Hypo-allergenic or soy equation