As the famous Dr. Sears has put it, when explaining about the colic infant, “if you are wondering whether or not you have a colicky baby, you probably don't have one. The colic baby leaves no doubt in the minds of sympathetic caregivers that he is truly in agony."
The symptoms of colic are usually worse between three and eight weeks of a baby’s life.
You know your baby has colic when:
Your baby cries more than 3 hours every 24 hours.
Your baby cries as much as mentioned above, more than 3 times every week.
Your baby does this for more than three weeks at a time.
Crying incidents may occur during certain times of the day, especially in the late afternoons.
Other symptoms may include:
High pitched screaming. Other illnesses should also be investigated.
Baby’s knees are drawn in towards the tummy area.
The infant’s firsts are usually clenched tight.
Baby’s abdomen may be bloated and taut.
The symptoms should be completely gone by six months.
Should you Breastfeed your Colicky Baby?
Yes, breast milk is the best thing you can give your baby, even if your baby is sensitive to certain foods. Breast milk not only protects your baby's immune system, but it protects the lining of the gut, this prevents/heals most conditions that cause colic symptoms.
How to Breastfeed a Colicky Baby Causes and Prevention
When calming fussy babies, mothers need to make sure that the flow of the milk is not a concern. A fast flow of breast milk is likely going to fluster the child, while a slower pace may frustrate.
A colicky baby or for that matter, any infant, should not be made to wait for a breastfeeding session until they are ravenous; this will cause a baby to gulp down milk and swallow air. Make sure that you recognize the signs of hunger, so that you feed your baby before he/she becomes over-hungry and miserable.
Lactose overload/foremilk hind-milk imbalance. A baby might be consuming too much of the watery milk at the beginning of a feed and not enough of the fatty hindmilk towards the end of a feed; this is common in mothers with oversupply. A mother should not limit the time her baby spends on a particular breast, but let her baby decide when he/she is finished.
Carrying a baby in a sling can dramatically reduce crying. Read more about the benefits of babywearing. Apparently, three extra hours of carrying have been found to reduce crying in a one-month-old colic infant by 45%.
Chiropractic treatments have been found to be very effective when done over a period of 14 days.
If your baby has true lactose intolerance, you can pump your breast milk and add lactase supplements to the milk for your baby. Do not do this, if you are not 100% sure that your baby has lactose intolerance.
A bedtime routine can dramatically reduce colic symptoms and result in more extended periods of peaceful sleep.