Episodes of colic can begin few days after the baby is born and reach heights when the baby is about 4 to 6 weeks old after which, they decline notably when the baby reaches 3-4 months age.
What causes colic is still not completely understood by the doctors. However, various factors may trigger colic attacks. There are ways you can avoid those triggers. Also, there are things that you can do to soothe your baby. You can undertake the following practices:
Soothing strategies may include:
- Using a pacifier
- Taking your baby to a park or on a walk in a stroller
- Rocking your baby in a cradle or walking around with your baby up in your arms
- Cocooning your baby in a blanket
- Bathing your baby
- Giving a gentle massage or a ‘back’ or a ‘belly’ rub to your baby
- Playing soothing, calming sounds/music
- Starting any kind of visual stimulation, light show etc
Modifications in feeding practices may also help relieve your baby. Bottle-feed keeping your baby in an upright position and burp frequently during and after feeding. You can use a curved bottle to facilitate upright feeding. Your child might swallow a lot of air while crying, which may cause abdominal gas, swelling and tightness in their tummy. Using a collapsible bag bottle can help minimize the intake of air.
If you feed your baby any kind of infant formula food, it is best to seek guidance from your doctor so as to choose the most suitable option for your baby.
The maternal diet also impacts an infant’s health status, mainly when you are breastfeeding your baby. You may switch to a diet without allergy-causing agents. Also, you may try to avoid foods that are potentially irritating like caffeinated drinks, chilies, cabbage etc.
Sometimes, babies can experience colic due to problem in digestion. There may be an imbalance in the concentration of helpful bacteria in the baby’s gut. In such cases, probiotics (good bacteria) can be used to create a balance, subsequently improving the baby’s digestive health.
Lactose intolerance is another most important factor causing infantile colic. Lactose intolerant babies find it difficult to break down lactose, a sugar found in milk. As an obvious fact, milk forms the main component of an infant’s diet and preventing milk to the baby is not practically possible.
In such cases, Yamoo drops from Walter Bushnell is the most preferred dietary supplement that makes it easier for babies to digest milk by breaking down lactose. Also available as chewable tablets, Yamoo is a natural and safe way to prevent infantile colic.
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