Why is my newborn baby crying? Does she have colic?
What is colic?
Colic is a description of symptoms rather than a accurate diagnosis. Newborn colic (also known as baby colic and three month colic) is a condition in which an otherwise healthy baby cries or screams frequently and for extended periods, without any discernible reason.
The condition typically appears within the first two weeks of life and almost invariably disappears, often very suddenly, before the baby is three to four months old. It is more common in bottle-fed babies, but also occurs in breast-fed infants. The crying frequently occurs during a specific period of the day, often in the early evening.
Since the cause is not conclusively established and the amount of crying differs between babies, there is no general consensus on the definition of “colic”. Having ruled out other causes of crying, a common rule of thumb is to consider a baby “colicky” if it cries intensely more than three days a week, for more than three hours, for more than three weeks in a month.
I can imagine you’re saying..’What? I don’t count the hours my baby cries!’, so let’s make it simpler. My simple definition is a baby can be described as colicky if he or she is crying for hours and you (mother) have no idea what could be causing it and how to stop it.
Symptoms of Colic
Babies typically go all red, draw their legs up and start crying when colicky. Nothing seems to soothe them, they appear restless, want to be held constantly and have difficulty sleeping. If your baby does this, don’t get upset! Colic is only a term for babies where the cause of their crying is unknown. It is the medical professions way of describing a crying baby when the cause is unknown. So please don’t think your baby is one of the few who are inflicted with some incurable disease. Far from it! In fact, I would go so far as to say that all babies are colicky to a certain degree.
Right, so now we have established that your baby does not have some sort of incurable disease and you are not a bad parent! Your baby is crying because it is in pain or feeling uncomfortable and will not stop crying until the discomfort is eased. This leads to the question-What is causing the discomfort and how do I treat it?
The majority of causes can be attributed to trauma at birth and can be treated very effectively with Baby Bowen.
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