Colic can be tough to deal with, but the earlier you can identify the condition the sooner you can seek appropriate support for you and your baby.
Welcoming a new baby into the world can come with challenges, especially when your little one is experiencing discomfort. One of the common challenges parents face is colic—a condition characterized by excessive, inconsolable crying in an otherwise healthy and well-fed baby. Understanding the signs of colic can help parents identify the issue early and seek appropriate support. Here are some common signs that your baby might have colic.
Colic is often associated with intense and prolonged crying episodes that last for several hours a day, usually in the late afternoon or evening. Colic crying is different from regular fussiness and can be difficult to soothe.
Clenching & arching:
During colic episodes, babies may clench their fists, pull their legs up to their abdomen, and arch their backs. These physical signs are indicative of discomfort and abdominal pain.
Colicky babies may find it challenging to fall asleep or stay asleep. They might be restless and wake frequently during naptimes and nighttime sleep.
Intense gassiness & burping:
Excessive gas and frequent burping are common symptoms of colic. Your baby may seem gassier than usual and may be difficult to burp after feeding.
Irritability & fussiness:
Aside from crying, colicky babies may display increased irritability and fussiness throughout the day, even when they are not experiencing a crying episode.
Colic often presents in an unpredictable pattern, with some days being better than others. The episodes may occur for several weeks, typically peaking around six weeks of age and improving by the age of three to four months.
Recognising the signs of colic in your baby can help you provide the necessary care and support during this challenging phase. Remember that colic is a temporary condition, and seeking advice from your doctor can help rule out other potential causes of your baby’s discomfort. In the meantime, offering comfort, using gentle tummy massages, and creating a calm and soothing environment can all help ease your baby’s distress during colicky episodes. Be patient and know that with time, you’ll be back to enjoying more peaceful and happy moments with your little one.
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