Apart from sleeping and feeding, you’ll notice that your newborn baby will also cry for most of their time during the first 2 weeks after being born. However, if your baby continues to cry over an extended period of time, he/she might have colic.
Colic is not a disease nor a diagnosis but is a symptom. Babies are programmed to do their communication through their cry as they have yet to learn how to speak. Doctors and experts have not figured out the real reason behind colic, but it can be caused by the following:
- Your baby is sensitive and needs more attention
- Your baby could still have an undeveloped nervous system
- Breastfeeding babies could have a problem with their mother’s diet
- The newborn baby’s mother could have had a smoking habit during pregnancy
- Low weight in babies
- Intestinal gas or not burping after feeding
- Babies could be hungry or overfed
Treatment for colic
There is no concrete treatment for colic but there are a few things that you can do to reduce the intensity of crying or eliminating them such as:
- Holding your child: One of the best ways to keep the colic low is to hold your child gently. The longer you hold him or her, the more they feel secure, protected, and less fussy. They tend to be fussy in the evening so make sure that there is nothing that triggers their colic.
- Warm bottle: Sometimes it is the intestinal gas in your baby’s belly that causes him/her to experience colic. To soothe his/her pain, place a warm bottle of water on his/her belly, and be 100 % sure that it is not too hot for a baby.
- Proper breastfeeding: The mother should ensure that their babies are getting enough milk to fulfill their hunger. If your baby is eating something that causes distaste, then avoid it and replace it with other things that your baby likes.
- Rub your baby’s back: For burping, rub your baby’s back and stomach after feeding so that they can burp and digest the food.