Colic is uncontrollable crying in an otherwise healthy baby. Babies normally cry when they’re wet, hungry, frightened, or tired, but a baby with colic cries excessively, often at the same time of day (usually in the late afternoon or evening). If your baby is colicky, you may notice that his cries at this time are louder and higher pitched than his normal crying and that the episodes start and end suddenly. As a rule, colic in newborns begins in the third week of the baby’s life and goes away by the time he reaches 3 months of age.
A surprising fact: as much as humanity exists, it deals with infant colic. Alas, until now, medical science cannot accurately describe the nature of this colic – neither in a newborn nor in a child several months older.
Doctors could clarify more or less in detail several circumstances that (in theory!) can trigger colic in newborns and infants:
- The baby does not properly grasp the nipple when feeding (and the artificial one does not have a suitable horn for the infant milk). In other words, there is a “poor-quality” feeding technique. In this case, the baby swallows a large amount of air, which even if not causes colic directly, definitely increases its painful course.
- After feeding, you did not allow the baby to regurgitate excess air from the stomach, so this air went towards the “back door”, through the intestines, squeezing the walls and causing unbearable pain.
- The baby spends too much time in the prone position, because of which the process of digestion (including gas generation and also passage of air through the intestine) causes additional discomfort, a feeling of heaviness and pain.
- The child cries a lot. Experiencing a strong pain from colic, a newborn baby, of course, screams and cries. But, opening his mouth wide, bursting into tears and roaring, he inevitably swallows more and more portions of air. This, in turn, can cause other bouts of colic.
- The child is overfed. If the child eats a quantity of food that is not able to digest (in other words, you overfed them), then in their intestines the food remains that lacked enzymes begin to wander. In consequence, there are more gases that press on the walls of the intestine. In other words, infant colic occurs.
No matter how much your baby suffers from colic (and of course you also do all along of the empathy), you should know that colic is in the overwhelming majority of cases a safe problem that will go away on its own.