Colic is such a common occurrence in newborns and is distressing not only for the baby but the parents too.
Your little ones digestive system is still developing and so colic is a common side effect of this continual development.
Colic simply means, sharp, intermittent abdominal pains or cramps and there are two main groups:
1. Those who draw their knees up, feel sharp, cutting pains and writhe and twist.
2. Those who arch backwards with the pains that radiate from the abdomen and feel worse for pressure.
Other symptoms such as abdominal bloating, nausea and diarrhea and feeling hot and restless are also common symptoms your baby can exhibit.
If the mother has experienced some grief during her pregnancy, Ignatia has been effective in relieving the infants colic. Sometime drugs given after the birth can also cause colicky pains.
There are many remedies that can assist in relieving your bubs colic pains, as described above, it is a matter of simply looking at how your bub is presenting his/her symptoms.
The Chamomilla picture is marked typically with severe irritability and abdominal swelling where as the Dioscorea picture arches their back and hiccups a lot.
Other assistance you can give in the alleviation of colic is watching your own diet, many foods are known to affect some babies through the milk. These can often include cows milk, chocolate, tea, broccoli, brussel sprouts, capsicum, cabbage, cauliflower, garlic, strawberries, oranges and grapes. Occasionally egg and wheat products are to blame or even stone fruit.
Some babies swallow air with their feeds which can cause colic if they can’t bring it up easily, experimenting with different feeding positions can help this or if bottle feeding, using a different teat hole. Try not to let your baby get too desperate for feeds as they can then gulp in air. Also be wary of gripe water as it can contain alcohol.
Seek advice if you are concerned, the colic is accompanied by persistent vomiting, diarrhea, constipation or the absence of urine, or if your baby screams inconsolably.