Tips To Ease Colic Discomfort

Bringing home a newborn will often make parents realize that with all the preparations made, none has really prepared them for a colicky baby. In the following weeks their sleeping angel has bouts with crying late in the evening, with episodes that last for hours on end. Sleepless nights turn into cranky days and the baby, along with the parents, need to find some relief. The symptoms of a colicky baby are shown through signs of distress, which are seen by the jerking of the legs and arms.

This usually follows the stretching out of the limbs and clenching of the fists. Crying and fussing for more than three hours on end, with no relief given when picked up, are definite signs of a colicky baby. When the baby is neither hungry nor wet, and is still exercising their lungs, many new parents are left wondering just what they are doing wrong.    

Colic is a common symptom in babies. If a new mother is breast-feeding, she may inadvertently be giving her baby colic through the foods that she is eating. There are several foods that a new mother should avoid eating when breastfeeding. The foods that most often give a newborn colic, if they are drinking breast milk, are caffeinated drinks, dairy products, leafy greens like cabbage and spinach, and broccoli and beans.

The sugar-break down in foods is what causes the colicky symptoms in a baby. Gases start to produce in the stomach extending the abdominal wall, which causes a great deal of discomfort for the baby. When breastfeeding, a mother may want to avoid drinking high sugar content juices. Parents should not give their small babies fruit juices that have sugar content in them. Water is a great source of hydration for a baby, especially a colicky baby.

Parents, who are feeding their baby a formula instead of breastfeeding, may want to try formulas that are low-allergy, or try a soy-based formula. It is recommended that each formula be given at least a week’s trial. It will typically take a week for the parents to see a difference in the formula. Often time, changing the formula may cause a few spitting up episodes.

Adjusting for this may take awhile. Parents should be cautioned as to not mix formulas, and make sure they are measured and served by the directions given by the supplier. Eventually, if the formula was the cause for a colicky baby, the colic will fade, and the baby will start to become less fussy and sleep better at night.

Parents may also want to check the flow of the nipples they are using to feed their baby the formula. Nipples on bottles that are being use should not have a very big opening. The amount of suckling that it takes to dispel the milk gives the baby comfort. If the formula is dispersed from the bottle too quickly, this can cause the baby to swallow air bubbles with the formula. Air bubbles will greatly contribute to the colic symptoms in a baby.

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Tips To Ease Colic Discomfort

Bringing home a newborn will often make parents realize that with all the preparations made, none has really prepared them for a colicky baby. In the following weeks their sleeping angel has bouts with crying late in the evening, with episodes that last for hours on end. Sleepless nights turn into cranky days and the baby, along with the parents, need to find some relief. The symptoms of a colicky baby are shown through signs of distress, which are seen by the jerking of the legs and arms.

This usually follows the stretching out of the limbs and clenching of the fists. Crying and fussing for more than three hours on end, with no relief given when picked up, are definite signs of a colicky baby. When the baby is neither hungry nor wet, and is still exercising their lungs, many new parents are left wondering just what they are doing wrong.    

Colic is a common symptom in babies. If a new mother is breast-feeding, she may inadvertently be giving her baby colic through the foods that she is eating. There are several foods that a new mother should avoid eating when breastfeeding. The foods that most often give a newborn colic, if they are drinking breast milk, are caffeinated drinks, dairy products, leafy greens like cabbage and spinach, and broccoli and beans.

The sugar-break down in foods is what causes the colicky symptoms in a baby. Gases start to produce in the stomach extending the abdominal wall, which causes a great deal of discomfort for the baby. When breastfeeding, a mother may want to avoid drinking high sugar content juices. Parents should not give their small babies fruit juices that have sugar content in them. Water is a great source of hydration for a baby, especially a colicky baby.

Parents, who are feeding their baby a formula instead of breastfeeding, may want to try formulas that are low-allergy, or try a soy-based formula. It is recommended that each formula be given at least a week’s trial. It will typically take a week for the parents to see a difference in the formula. Often time, changing the formula may cause a few spitting up episodes.

Adjusting for this may take awhile. Parents should be cautioned as to not mix formulas, and make sure they are measured and served by the directions given by the supplier. Eventually, if the formula was the cause for a colicky baby, the colic will fade, and the baby will start to become less fussy and sleep better at night.

Parents may also want to check the flow of the nipples they are using to feed their baby the formula. Nipples on bottles that are being use should not have a very big opening. The amount of suckling that it takes to dispel the milk gives the baby comfort. If the formula is dispersed from the bottle too quickly, this can cause the baby to swallow air bubbles with the formula. Air bubbles will greatly contribute to the colic symptoms in a baby.

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