Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Colic In Babies

Understanding a new born baby is a challenging task. Parents put their best efforts to fulfill the baby’s needs. Crying is a natural way for a baby to let you know his or her needs. But uncontrollable crying in a healthy baby when nothing soothes him or her is a stressful situation. If the baby is crying for more than three hours and nothing gives relief it is important to be evaluated by a doctor so that other serious conditions can be excluded. At that time, only purpose of parents is to give relief to the baby as soon as possible. In an attempt to give relief, mothers start feeding baby but it further worsens the condition. Babies whose mothers smoke during pregnancy or after delivery are at higher risk of having colic.
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This article will provide you knowledge to understand colic in babies and how you can provide relief to your baby. Colic is episodic and self –limited and begins at 2 to 3 weeks of age. At the 2 months of age the episodes of colic reaches its peak, starts subsiding by 3 months and gone by 4 months of age.
It is very difficult to understand the little babies. It is natural for the parents to get frustrated during this episode. Don’t feel guilt about it but try to calm your little one and if nothing is helping, take a break, give your baby to the other responsible person and go out for a walk in fresh air. Looking for a baby is a tiresome task and when the baby is colicky it is the tough situation for both baby and parents.
Before starting treating your baby for colic make sure that there is no other cause of crying. Have a thorough check-up by a pediatrician so that he can rule out other conditions. Other possible medical reasons for fussiness are:
• Ear or urinary infection.
• Gastro esophageal reflux.
• Problem in eye.
• Hernia.
• Bone fracture.
• Heart problems.
There are many questions in the mind of parents when they see their little one in pain. It is hard to understand for them that why baby is crying, so let’s first discuss the signs of colic that will help you to understand your little one. Baby starts crying suddenly after feeding. The abdomen becomes distended, hands clenched and feet cold. The baby alternately extends and pulls up legs while crying and passes gas. The episode starts typically in late afternoon or in evening. Colic in babies is very common. One in four babies has colic.
Exact cause of colic is not known. There may be intolerance to cow’s milk. Flowing back of milk or acid into the esophagus cause colic. Intestinal spasm occurs due to immature digestive system and this could cause colic. Mothers may think there is something wrong with their diet that is problematic to baby. Avoid dairy products for few days and see if it is helping your baby.
Common foods that can affect breast milk and result in formation of gas in baby are:
• Onions, garlic, cabbage, broccoli, turnip and beans.
• Cow’s milk.
• Caffeine
Keep a record of what you are eating and see how your baby reacts after breast feeding. Avoid eating that particular food if you observe baby is crying after breast feeding when you have that food. Gas formation in baby’s tummy is very common occurrence. While crying for extended period of time or sucking baby swallows air.
Calm your crying baby by giving comfort. Few tips that could help to some extent to calm your baby are:
• Rub baby’s back in downward direction.
• Swaddle the baby. The world is new for the new born baby and baby is still learning to adjust to the new environment. Swaddling will give the feeling of being in womb which gives a soothing effect and relief to the baby.
• Some babies love noises while others need a quiet place. Act accordingly. Play music if baby feels comfort.
• Baby swallows air, so always burp your baby after feeding.
• Ask your doctor to recommend probiotic for your baby.
• Use warm water bottle. Some babies enjoy feeling of warmth against their belly. But be cautious while doing it as it may harm your little one. Take lukewarm water in a bottle and wrap the bottle in a towel.
• Try to give different atmosphere to her. Take your baby out in open air. New sights, sounds may distract her.
• Try different positions of carrying your baby and see which one your baby finds comfortable.
• Give a bath to baby. It may distract and relax her.
• Natural instinct of babies is to suck. It gives a soothing experience to them. In order to distract and give a soothing effect, offer a pacifier to a baby.
Homoeopathic remedies are the best and safest choice for treating colic in babies. Homoeopathic remedy not only helps in giving relief to babies in colic but also helps in strengthening week digestive system. Homoeopathic medicines are made from natural substances hence medicines encourage baby’s development naturally.
Chamomilla 30:Baby is intensely irritable. Baby wants to be carried around and like something warm being placed on their tummy. Tummy of baby is distended.
Colocynthis 30: Baby is relieved on putting pressure on stomach.
Nux Vomica 30: Abdomen appears tight. There is a spasm of pain with constipation.
Natrum Phos 3X: This medicine helps in neutralizing acids and digestion.
Magnesium Phos 3X: This medicine is among one of the best remedies for giving relief in cramps. This medicine best results when given in warm water.
Aethusia 30: This medicine is best indicated in infants who cannot tolerate breastmilk.
Lycopodium 30: Symptoms aggravate between 4-8pm and sometimes 2 a.m. baby has bloated abdomen with gurgling sound and flatulence. Baby feels better lying on the right side.
Silicea 30: Babies cannot tolerate breast-milk and vomit up as curds after feeding. Silicea is given to the breastfeeding mother (rather than the baby).
Bryonia 30: Given in acute attacks of pain which gets worse with the slightest motion. Baby is thirsty. Baby will draw legs up and burp. The tongue may be coated dirty white or brown in centre.
Homeopathic medicines are safe to prescribe. Small babies react well to homoeopathic medicines. Homoeopathic medicines are made from natural substances that help in boosting the natural healing power of body. When any disease affects our body, natural healing power or immunity gets weak. Homoeopathic remedy helps in gaining the strength of healing power so that body can fight existing disease in a natural way and can get back to healthy state both physically and mentally.
Unlike other allopathic medicines, homoeopathic medicines are non-addictive and have no side effects. Homeopathy is safe to use for babies, children, pregnant and breast feeding women. Babies are unique in their own way, only parents can understand with what they feel comfortable and which things distress them. They should tell their doctor about their activities to doctor in detail that will help the doctor to prescribe the homoeopathic medicines accurately.