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What is colic and how can I treat it?

causes of Colic in your children and how to treat it


Colic is a common problem in the first few months, despite there being a number of causes and cures for it. It’s the term given to a baby’s excessive and frequent crying, despite them being otherwise healthy. If your baby does show signs of colic, it usually begins from a few weeks old and stops around four months.


Does my baby have colic?

Look out for these symptoms:

- Intense episodes of crying

- They can’t be comforted or soothed

- Crying in the late afternoon or evening, that lasts more than three hours

- Your baby has a red and flushed face while crying

- Your baby clenches their fists or arches their back when crying


What causes colic?

The exact cause of colic is unknown, but theories include:

- Indigestion

- Trapped wind

- Temporary intolerance to some proteins or sugars found in breast or formula milk

 Colicky babies may look very distressed, which can be worrying for parents, especially if it’s your first baby. Rest assured that your baby is not unwell, and they should continue to feed and grow normally. If you think your baby has colic you should take them to your doctor to rule out any serious medical problems.


How can I cure colic?

While there’s no definite cure, these techniques may help:

- Hold your baby during crying bouts

- Sit your baby upright while feeding to prevent them swallowing air

- Burp them after feeds

- Gently massage your baby’s tummy in a clockwise movement

- Try over-the-counter colic drops in their usual milk to aid digestion

- Avoid caffeine and spices if you’re breastfeeding

- Try anti-colic bottle teats if you’re bottle feeding

Soothing a baby with colic can be very upsetting. Even if they don’t stop crying, just being there for them is really important. When you feel yourself getting overwhelmed, don’t be afraid to ask for help and let your partner or close family member take turns comforting the baby. It’s important you’re getting all the support you need during this difficult few months.




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