Baby Colic what Parents can do to Handle the Stress of Colic

Your baby is crying and will not stop. Every night it’s the same thing. Your baby draws its legs up to its tummy and screams, for hours. You’re giving plenty of comfort and love but nothing helps. This is a sign of colic. While not dangerous, it is a nightmare to deal with. What can you do?

First of all, there is no known cause or cure for colic. It appears at 2-4 weeks of age and lasts for up to 3 months, sometimes longer.

Some symptoms are:
Continuous crying, usually more frequently at night.
The crying starts about the same time every night.
Your baby refuses to eat.
Your baby draws up his or her legs towards the stomach and passes gas.

Colic is not a serious issue to your baby’s health, but can be treated and dealt with to minimize discomfort for both your baby and yourself.

Bottle fed babies and breast fed babies both get colic, none more than the other, but it has been proven that babies of smoking mothers are two times more likely to get colic than those who do not.

If your baby is bottle fed, try changing the formula that you use. You may need to try a soy based formula as well. Make sure that you use the new formula long enough for it to take effect.

If your baby is breast fed, try changing your diet. Do not eat spicy foods such as peppers and onions. When you feed your baby, make sure he or she is upright and you allow your baby to drain one breast completely before starting on the other side. The milk in the back of the breast is more fulfilling and rich than that in the front. Remember, your baby comes first.

Doctors have looked into numerous causes of colic but have found none. Some of the causes they have looked at are allergies, lactose intolerance, and maternal anxiety. It was once thought that intestinal gas was the cause, but is now thought of as a side effect, as a baby will swallow air while crying.

There are medications which are for colic and may or may not work. Simethicone is one which helps remove gas.

One treatment, if you do not like medication, is an old Viking remedy for gas: dill weed.
Boil 1 cup of water. Add 1 to 2 teaspoons of dill weed and allow it to seep for about 10 minutes. Strain out the dill and make a bottle with powder formula like normal. You can keep a “dill bottle” in your refrigerator, without the formula added, for up to a week.
I have had a colic baby and have used this remedy.

Remember, always seek medical attention if you are unsure of your baby’s health, or if your baby stops eating or sleeping.