Colic is a condition of continuous crying in infants and is usually observed because of abdominal pain. Though it is a very common condition and has been observ...
Colic is a condition of continuous crying in infants and is usually observed because of abdominal pain. Though it is a very common condition and has been observed in 20% of infants during the early months.
Crying is usually continuous, loud and could last from 1 to 4 hours. The baby's face often gets red as a result of crying.The belly is sometimes swollen or prominent; the feet are repeatedly cold and the hands clenched.
Causes of Colic Pain
- Tummy trouble, possibly a problem with the cow's milk or lactose in some formula
- Acid reflux, a developing nervous system or growing digestive system with muscles that often leads to painful spasms
- Gas or hormones that cause stomachaches, a moody newborn baby
Based on your baby's needs, try some calming methods-
If you're breastfeeding, avoid foods (such as caffeine, certain vegetables). If your baby is spitting up, keep him or her straight after feeding. Take your baby for a ride. Try body massage. Put a warm water bottle on your baby's belly. Use anti-reflux medicines and anti-gas drops.Try giving "gripe water” to your baby.
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Babies & nappies are correlated words for new parents! With nappies, come rashes, but do not worry, you need not blame yourself. It is usual in babies (younger ...
Babies & nappies are correlated words for new parents! With nappies, come rashes, but do not worry, you need not blame yourself. It is usual in babies (younger than 2 years) and is not due to parental ignorance.
What is a diaper rash?
While changing diapers, you're likely to be confronted with a tender-looking, irritated, red spots on the baby’s bottom. It’s a diaper rash, which means any skin irritation (despite of cause) that develops in the skin under the diaper.
Symptoms of such diaper rashes
Reasons behind such diaper rashes are:
Recommendations for Cure:
It is advisable to consult doctor if rashes continue to stay or grow with time.
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For you as parents, it is normal to feel frustrated, anxious, stressful or even annoyed- ‘When your baby is crying nonstop for hours and is uncontrollable’. Thi...
For you as parents, it is normal to feel frustrated, anxious, stressful or even annoyed- ‘When your baby is crying nonstop for hours and is uncontrollable’. This condition of constant crying in infants when they cry for more than 3 hours and repeat this behavior atleast 3-4 days in a week is known as Colic; and the baby is addressed as colicky baby. Usually colic starts at an age of 2 weeks, maximizes at 6 weeks, and vanishes by 16 weeks.
Symptoms of a colicky baby include apparent abdominal pain, a swollen tummy, irritation, gassiness, and long crying typically in the evening and lasting for hours.
Here are some tips to soothe your baby:
Remember, understanding what works for your baby may take some time because every colicky baby’s body metabolism is different. Get your baby examined by the doctor to make sure that there are no medical or feeding issues.
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Yes, you definitely can! It is recommended for mothers to exclusively breastfeed their infants for first six months to attain natural growth, development and h...
Yes, you definitely can!
It is recommended for mothers to exclusively breastfeed their infants for first six months to attain natural growth, development and health. But, when your colicky baby cries for long hours, you just want to ease your little one. Gripe water is commonly suggested for quick relief. Let’s find out what it is and how it works?
What is Gripe water?
It is a liquid for infants with colic, gastrointestinal discomfort, reflux, teething pain, or other stomach ailments. Its ingredients differ, and may comprise alcohol, sodium bicarbonate,ginger,dill seed oil, fennel and chamomile. But today alcohol free gripe water is also available. The ingredients in gripe water neutralize the excess acid in the stomach and break down the trapped air bubbles; thereby relieving your baby of stomach trouble.
Is it baby friendly?
A month old baby can be given gripe water up to six times in a day (24 hours). However, it’s not safe for month old babies or babies prone to allergic reactions. Since every baby’s body reacts in a different way, so do consult your doctor before administering gripe water. Though it doesn't have any evident side-effects, but if your baby gets some unusual symptoms, immediately take him/her to the doctor.
How do I give it to my baby?
The best time to give it to your baby is during, or immediately after a feed, as at this time baby’s digestive system will break down the bulky enzymes in milk, which may be the underlying cause for colic. Fill the dropper with the suggested dose to let your baby suck it or you can also squeeze few drops into baby’s mouth. Another way of administering gripe water is to add few drops to their feed.
Gripe water comes under various brands like Woodward’s, Dentin ox, Dabur, Infacol and Colief. Most importantly; whatever brand you use, do not use gripe water for more than 14 days of opening it and make sure you dispose it off properly.
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A very common worry of a new mom – “My little one suffers from colic particularly in the evenings. I've been suggested to use gripe water, but is gripe water s...
A very common worry of a new mom –
“My little one suffers from colic particularly in the evenings. I've been suggested to use gripe water, but is gripe water safe for my newborn?”
Gripe water is one of the several remedies for soothing your colicky baby. It is an herbal remedy for teething pain, colic, gastrointestinal problems or stomach ailments. It contains alcohol, sodium bicarbonate, sugar, ginger, dill seed oil, fennel, and chamomile. Now a days it is also available in alcohol as well as sucrose free versions.
Always prefer to consult your doctor first before using it. There are several brands available, follow these tips for choosing the best and the safest gripe water:
If you’re not comfortable using Gripe water to calm your baby, try out some other ways like- switching formulas, a massage etc. Read some tips on soothing your colicky baby.
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