What is colic?
Infant colic is a benign functional problem that causes great impact on family life and so far there is no consensus on treatment. If your baby is healthy, less than 6 months old and cries for consecutive hours, several days a week, you are likely to have this problem.
As a general rule it usually appears a few weeks after birth and affects up to 40% of babies from one to four months of age, although it can exceptionally occur in up to more months. The babies cry intensely, their abdomen is hard and swollen, and they perform movements of legs and arms. This is because your digestive tract is still immature.
Keep in mind that it may take some time to discover it, the cramps of the baby are not a disease, but a stage in the normal development of the baby that comes back spontaneously. If your baby continues to eat, gain weight and has no other symptoms, no further complications are expected.
In case of doubt, it is Very Important!!! that a specialist will examine your baby to make sure there is no underlying medical condition or any food problem that causes that state of agitation / excitement (intense crying and / or movement).
There are natural therapies, techniques, traditional remedies, specific products, … that help relieve colic of the infant. For this reason, InfoCOLIC reports on all Remedies / Natural Therapies that have knowledge so that parents have a range of possible alternatives to treat the condition to the baby, being able to be combined with each other, since what works with a child , May not work with another, so there is more chance of calming the baby.
It should be cheked that tje Signs / Symptoms are not aggravated and that there are no significant changes in the baby’s behavior.
The specialist should be consulted if they are in doubt or if some Warning Signs are present.
Common Signs and Symptoms
- Intense cries, prolonged and inconsolable, especially in the late afternoon.
- Spasmodic cramps.
- Abdominal swelling.
- Stomach hard and distended, knees bent to chest, closed fists and arched back.
- Irritability, restlessness.
- Difficulty to sleep
Signs of Alert
- Cries inconsolable, sharp and strident.
- Change in stools (constipation or diarrhea, with mucus or blood).
- Difficulty breathing.
- Bulging or sunken fontanelles.
- Lethargy (excessive tiredness, lack of smiles / interest, weak sucking).