Monday, 3 June 2013

Let's talk Colic.

Hi peeps!

Happy birthday to my fater-in-law, Brian! Have a great day today dad and sorry we can't be there to celebrate with you but I know mom will spoil you rotten!!!

So here we are starting a new week and I am so excited for this week to come that I could just pee myself! (But I won't coz that's gross) but jeez, I almost can't contain myself!!! While you are reading this I am sitting somewhere very special and on my way to somewhere even more special but for now "mums-the-word". Read all about where I am and why in tomorrows blog. I can't wait to share it with you. *wiggle wiggle wiggle* ☺☺☺ but until then, let's get started on today's blog; I must warn you that I'm not featuring a recipe today but seeing as its the chef MOTHER blog; I want to chat about some Mommy stuff.

One of the most difficult things to deal with when bringing your new baby home is colic. Apparently I had it quite bad as a baby (my poor dad!) And two out of my three daughters had it too. So for all you new mommies, old mommies and mommies to be, here is some info on colic and how to treat it:

☀What exactly is colic?

About 20 per cent of all babies develop colic, a catch-all phrase for uncontrollable crying in an otherwise healthy baby. A baby with colic cries or fusses for more than three hours a day, for more than three days in one week. It occurs with equal frequency among first- and later-born children, and in boys and girls.

It's hard to know who finds colic harder, a parent or a baby. A colicky baby is obviously in distress, uncomfortable, and can't soothe himself. But a parent can be just as upset - listening to a baby's cry for hours on end is enough to drive you to tears of your own.

☀How can I tell if my baby has colic?

All babies cry sometimes; in fact, the average baby cries about two and a half hours a day. But in addition to persistent crying, a colicky baby looks truly uncomfortable. He may alternately extend or pull up his legs and pass wind. Colic usually occurs between 6 p.m. and midnight, though it can occur around the clock, generally becoming worse in the evening.

Generally, a baby becomes colicky around two to four weeks and is over it by about three months or, in less fortunate cases, six to nine months.

☀Why do some babies get colic?

Scientists have been trying to answer that question for more than 50 years. It's often blamed on the baby's immature digestive system. In fact, the word colic comes from a Greek word, kolikos, which roughly translates as "colon." There is also some science to back this up. For instance, a newborn's digestive tract contains very few enzymes or digestive juices, which break down food substances. Or, according to some, a child's still-developing nervous system simply tenses up. Others subscribe to the theory that the baby is tired or overstimulated, and that colic is his way of blocking everything out so he can sleep. Babies who are exposed to smoke are also more likely to develop colic.

☀Is colic serious?

Not really -- apart from the household tension it creates. However, it is wise to seek assurance from your doctor or early childhood nurse that the root of your child's prolonged crying isn't a more serious medical problem.

☀I've heard colic is caused by the mother's diet. Is this true?

Both formula and breast milk can be linked to a baby's colic.
Occasionally breastfed babies become colicky because of something in their mother's diet. Some mums find that if they stop drinking cow's milk and other dairy products, the situation improves. If you're breastfeeding, try cutting out dairy products for a few days to see if that makes a difference. If your baby's colic improves, you have your culprit. Breastfeeding mothers need calcium and other nutrients provided by dairy products in their diet, so get some advice on how to ensure your own nutrition is looked after before permanantly cutting out dairy products.

Some breastfed babies seem to be bothered if mum indulges in a lot of spicy food, wheat products, or cruciferous vegetables. Again, to test if these foods are making your baby uncomfortable, avoid eating cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, garlic, caffeine, alcohol, and other irritants for a few days. If your baby seems better, reintroduce the foods into your diet, one at a time, allowing a few days between reintroductions. It should be fairly easy to pinpoint which one is causing your baby problems: if he starts fussing again after a food is reintroduced, then you'll know that's the offending substance. You'll have to abstain from it until your baby outgrows his sensitivity, which usually at around 3 months, but that's a small price to pay for a happy child.

If your baby is bottle-fed, you might try switching formulas to see if that's the irritant. And whether you're feeding your baby formula or breast milk, make sure that you're burping him during and after feedings - it helps relieve the pressure that builds up when he swallows air.

☀Will all that crying hurt my child?

In truth, it may be more painful for the parents who must endure the alternately heart-rending and irritating crying of a child. Colicky babies do just fine. "In spite of hours of crying," wrote the venerable Dr. Spock, "they continue to gain weight, not just average-well but better than average. They are hungry babies. They gulp down their whole feeding." And one study even found that colicky babies turned out to be better problem solvers later in life.

☀How to treat colic

No single treatment has proved to make colic go away. But there are ways to make life easier for both you and your colicky baby.

First, if your baby is not hungry, don't try to continue the feeding. Instead, try to console your little one — you won't be "spoiling" the baby with the attention. You can also:

Walk with your baby or sit in a rocking chair, trying various positions.

Try burping your baby more often during feedings.

Place your baby across your lap on his or her belly and rub your baby's back.

Put your baby in a swing or vibrating seat. The motion may have a soothing effect.


Put your baby in an infant car seat in the back of the car and go for a ride. The vibration and movement of the car are often calming.

Play music tapes — some babies respond to sound as well as movement.

Place your baby in the same room as a running clothes dryer, white noise machine, or vacuum — some infants find the low constant noise soothing.

Some babies need decreased stimulation and may do well swaddled, in a darkened room.

Caring for a colicky baby can be extremely frustrating, so be sure to take care of yourself, too. Don't blame yourself or your baby for the constant crying — colic is nobody's fault. Try to relax, and remember that your baby will eventually outgrow this phase.

In the meantime, if you need a break from your baby's crying, take one. Friends and relatives are often happy to watch your baby when you need some time to yourself. If no one is immediately available, it's OK to put the baby down in the crib and take a break before making another attempt at consolation. If at any time you feel like you might hurt yourself or the baby, put the baby down in the crib and call for help immediately.

If the baby has a temperature of 100.4°F (38°C) or more, is crying for more than 2 hours at a time, is inconsolable, isn't feeding well, has diarrhea or persistent vomiting, or is less awake or alert than usual, call your doctor right away. You should also call your doctor if you're unsure whether your baby's crying is colic or a symptom of another illness.

Thanks to google for this helpful information. I sincerely hope some of it helps you too if you're going through the rough patch of having a colicky baby and please know, I understand the frustration and how upsetting it can be but just take a deep breath and know it does pass.

With lots of mommy love
Chef Shants xxxxx

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