What is Colic?
Colic is simply trapped gas that causes severe pain in the abdomen of infants. Doctors diagnose Colic based on “rules of three”. If a baby is crying for at least 3 hours at a stretch, 3 times a week for at least 3 weeks in a row, he is said to be colicky.
It can be a very tough phase on a new mum and baby to go through. Watching your newborn wriggle and cry as though they are in severe pain can be heart-wrenching. If you notice your baby cries for no reason (no hunger, heat or wet diaper), groans as if in pains and pulls up his or her legs towards the stomach, that could be colic. Please check with your baby’s doctor to be sure.
What to do?
If your doctor confirms it to be colic, the tips below will come in handy to manage the pressure.
1. Bicycle motion with his legs till he lets out the wind.
2. Rubbing his stomach in a clockwise direction
3. Gripe water (this helped a bit).
4. Garlic- water solution
5. Applying pressure to his stomach.
None of the above activities stopped colic from happening once in a while but they did help suppress the pain while it was happening.
Mums, is your baby colicky or do you know any baby who is? How did you manage the situation?