What to do when your baby cries for "no reason"

  • What to do when your baby cries for "no reason"

     

     

    Colic is defined as "excessive crying." An infant with colic usually cries for more than three hours per day on more than three days per week.

     Ø  Colic occurs with equal frequency in the following groups:

    Males and females

    Breast- and bottle-fed infants

    Full-term and preterm infant

    The first and second child (and other siblings as well)

    Ø  OTHER CAUSES OF EXCESSIVE CRYING

    There are a number of reasons, other than colic, that an infant may cry excessively; these can range from simple problems such as hunger to more serious problems such as infection.

    • Hunger
    • Pain
    • Fatigue or overstimulation
    • Food sensitivities

     

    Ø  COLIC MYTHS AND FACTS

    There are a number of myths about the causes and treatments of colic. You can learn to separate myths from facts through education and support

    Ø  COLIC MANAGEMENT

     

    • Parental support
    • Take a break
    • Dietary and feeding technique changes
    • Carrying
    • Change in environment
    • Swaddling
    • Probiotics
    • Herbal remedies
    • Infant massage
    • Try a different feeding position
    • Let her suck on something
    • Give her a warm bath

     

    Babies have their own good reasons. But they don't have the words to tell us what's wrong, and even the wisest parents can't read their baby's mind.