Is my baby colicky?
Having a colicky baby can be tough to deal with. It keeps parents up at night and bub is clearly upset over something we can’t quite understand. When your newborn cries she is generally concerned with sleep or food. But as your baby grows a little older she is more likely trying to communicate with you about her environment. It’s important to listen to your baby’s cries as they often sound different depending on what she is trying to tell you.
What are the symptoms of colic?
The most common symptoms of colic are persistent crying and fussing. Your baby will appear upset and grizzly, and will likely be hard to settle. At feeding time your baby may feed very hungrily, or they might fuss and not give much attention to feeding. This is due to their restlessness. Some natural remedies can be used to help ease irritability, promote sleep and calm baby down.
Young babies’ digestive systems are not fully developed and they may have a buildup of gas in their tummies because of this. Your bub may go red in the face and curl their legs up towards their chest to communicate this, as they would for a stomach ache. They are likely to experience burping, hiccups or flatulence, and you can even induce some of these to help ease the bloating.
Remember, everything your baby is going through is new to them. So they might negatively react to normal feelings, like gas or fullness, because they aren’t familiar with them. Post-crying it is also common for them to pass wind or faeces, though this could just be a coincidence.
One of the most noticeable signs of colic actually happens after the fact. When your baby is all out of tears and has settled, you’ll notice that they are fine. No illness. No pain. They will come out of it as happy as always - until the next bout!
How is colic diagnosed?
Colic and ‘excessive crying’ can be defined by the rule of three:
- It occurs from around three weeks of age.
- For more than three hours a day.
- More than three days a week.
- For at least three weeks.
As well as doing a physical health check, doctors use this process to help diagnose babies with colic. There is no medical test you can perform that will say ‘yes or no’ to your baby having colic.
Colic affects all babies in a variety of ways. Not every baby will behave the same when they’re colicky, every baby is unique. Symptoms may arise in different orders, have different severities, for differing amounts of time. At Brauer Natural Medicines, we understand that keeping track of all threatening symptoms and behaviours can be difficult. Parents - especially new parents - are already so busy being a Mum or Dad. If you are after colic relief, we have a range of Homeopathic natural remedies for colic with our Baby & Child Colic Range. But if you’re looking for more information on colic, have a read of our blog on The 5 Signs of Colic so you know what to keep an eye out for.