Signs of Colic in a Baby

13/11/2018

There are many signs of colic in a baby that we must pay attention to.  As parents, we want the best for our children.  But what happens when one of our littles, six months old or younger, are a bit more fussy than usual?  I mean, sure, babies will cry, but what happens when the crying doesn’t seem to stop?

Having a colicky baby can be extremely stressful for parents.  Especially if the mother is breastfeeding, she is going to be up every few hours for the first few months after giving birth.  Throw a colicky baby in the mix and it adds to the restlessness and sleep deprivation!

So, before we go any further, let’s first examine what colic is before understanding the signs of colic in a baby.

 

What is Colic?

The cause or causes of colic are unknown, but a number of theories have been suggested including trapped wind, indigestion, or a temporary gut sensitivity to certain proteins and sugars found in breast and formula milk.

I had the honor of watching my one-month-old nephew for an evening, and aside from being excessively gassy (way more than my daughter ever was), he was a bit more fussy than other babies.  Thus, I decided to write an article on this topic as it intrigued me!

Keep in mind, colic occurs equally in boys and girls, and both in babies who are breastfed and those who are bottle-fed.

 

Signs of Colic in a Baby

  • intense crying bouts (especially in the afternoon and/or evening)
  • crying which can last several hours
  • your baby’s face being red and flushed when they cry
  • your baby clenching their fists, drawing their knees up to their tummy, or arching their back while crying

While there aren’t any proven methods to help your baby with colic, there are some techniques which may help.  The most important thing as a parent is to find what works for you and your baby when comforting them during an episode.  Below are some things which worked for us.

 

How to Comfort a Colicky Baby

  • hold baby during a crying episode
  • prevent baby from swallowing air by sitting or holding them upright during feeding
  • burp your baby after feeding
  • gently rock your baby over your shoulder
  • bath your baby in a warm bath
  • gently massage baby’s tummy

Again, you may have to do a little trial and error before you find out what is right for you and your baby.  Keep in mind that colic usually only lasts up to 6 months old, so there is a light at the end of the tunnel!

 

About Little Human Scholars School and Full Day Daycare Centre in PJ

Little Human Scholars is an all-in-one childcare solution.  It is a preschool, playschool, kindergarten, nursery and full day daycare centre (with extended hours) located in the heart of PJ.

In fact, the location is one of the things which makes Little Human Scholars so sought after – it is conveniently nestled near Jalan Gasing, University hospital, PJ Old town, PJ New town, Jaya One, Jaya33, and the PJ IT Mall.

The best part is LHS has premiere services many other schools in PJ don’t offer such as full day daycare with extended hours, CCTV access for parents, and a nifty little phone app called Toddlytic which provides parents with automatic updates on their child’s development, behaviour and health checks.

With full-time guards always present at each of their locations, access to CCTV (which is in every room except the office, bathroom and kitchen areas), and very strict pick-up and drop-off rules, Little Human Scholars treats every child who walks into its hallways as one of their own children!

This place has it all:  location, safety, health, IGSCE curriculum and play-based learning.  What more could you ask for?  Did I mention they also have transportation services and offer meal plans for students?  It doesn’t get any better than that.

If you are interested in a tour of one of our centres (that’s right, there’s more than one), all you need to do is fill out the form here or call +6017-7303-025 and an LHS administrative staff will get back with you shortly!

 

Cheers,

Jana Moreno

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