Colic

Colic

Colic is a term applied to episodes of continuous crying for over 2 hours without an obvious reason. During these episodes the baby may be red in the face, draw their legs up, the stomach may be distended, and there may be some loose stool. COLIC IS NEVER ACCOMPANIED BY FEVER, VOMITING, OR DIARRHEA. Colic is most often seen in the first 4 months of life.
We do not know what causes some babies to be colicky and thus we do not have a cure for it. Colic is not a serious condition and babies will out grow it. Colic is frustrating and can lead to parents accidentally hurting their baby. IF YOU BEGIN TO FEEL FRUSTRATED PLACE YOUR BABY IN A SAFE PLACE AND WALK AWAY FOR A WHILE.
Things to check:
1. If it has been >2 hours since the baby has fed, offer food.
2. Make sure the baby does not have a fever.
3. Make sure the baby does not have a strange rash.
4. Check to make sure a hair has not wrapped around a finger, toe or penis and is cutting off circulation.
5. Make sure the outfit the baby is wearing does not have a tag or needle poking the baby.
Helpful hints:
a. Babies often suck to calm themselves. Offer a pacifier or let the baby suck on your finger.
b. Avoid over stimulating your baby. Try soft music and low light levels.
c. Swaddle your baby.
d. Talk with your doctor about changing the formula.
e. Medications have never been proven to help, but there are some over the counter medicines for colic. We tell families these may not help but won’t hurt either.
6. Ask friends and families who have had colicky children for suggestions. You might find one which works.
7. REMEMBER IF YOU BEGIN TO FEEL FRUSTRATED PLACE THE BABY IN A SAFE SPOT AND WALK AWAY FOR AWHILE. YOU ARE NOT A BAD PARENT IF YOU NEED A SHORT BREAK FROM A SCREAMING CHILD.
8. The good news is colic only lasts 3-4 months; the bad news is colic lasts for 3-4 months.