No mother wants to hear her child cry. However, crying is good for a baby as it helps to develop the lungs. There are times when this can become excessive though. If your baby seems to be wailing more often than most newborns, he or she may be experiencing baby colic symptoms. Colic is a condition often diagnosed as crying for three or more hours a day. In addition, this crying must occur three or more days a week for a minimum of three weeks. If this describes your baby, most likely you are dealing with a case of colic.
This condition is very common and it has been estimated that one in every five babies has colic. Baby colic symptoms often appear in the first few weeks of life and continue until the baby is around four months old. This is not caused by anything the parent has done, but the cause is often unknown. Baby colic symptoms include uncontrollable crying, a red face, gas, legs drawn up and an arched back. This is not a serious condition and your newborn is not in pain although he or she may appear to be. The biggest problem seen with colic is stress and anxiety within the home. This affects the siblings and parents more than it does the baby.
Symptoms often appear in the late afternoon or early evening, just as you are getting home from work and trying to prepare dinner. There are many things you can do when baby colic symptoms appear. First you can move around with the baby. Babies love to have contact with you so this appears to help. As it is a busy time in most households, you may also wish to use a sling or front carrier so baby can stay close while you get household chores taken care of. Run the dishwasher or vacuum cleaner if you can as this often helps to control the crying. If possible, give the baby something to suck on as this may provide relief. You may also want to give your infant a bath as this can be very soothing.
If you are feeling stressed out over the baby, be sure to take some time for yourself. Ask for help. This may be from your spouse, friends, neighbors or grandparents. Continuous crying can be very nerve wracking and there is nothing wrong with asking for assistance. You and your baby will both feel better if you do this. Others will be more than willing to chip in and help, especially if they have dealt with baby colic symptoms before.
There are times when baby colic symptoms may require immediate medical attention. If your infant has a high-pitched cry that is very weak, this is not a sign of colic. Cries associated with colic are strong and normal-pitched. When you pick your child up, if they feel like a rag doll, immediately seek out a doctor as this is not normal either. A fever over 100.4F in babies under three months and over 102.2 in three to six month old infants means you need to be seen by a professional. Seizures, green vomit and bloody stools are also warning signs. If you have any concerns, don’t hesitate to make a trip to a doctor or hospital. It is always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to your precious little one.
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