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When to Seek Medical Intervention For Baby Colic Or Excessive Infants Gas

While stressful and frustrating, baby colic is generally not seen as a major problem by pediatricians. Most parents are told that they will just have to cope with the condition as best they can until it goes away on its own. It invariably does when the child reaches eight to nine months of age.

There are those who postulate -this means it remains to be proven- that newborns have to go through the process of colonizing their bowels with the helpful bacteria that live in human intestines and help them with the digesting and processing of food. Statistics tend to show that about 20% of all infants will have trouble with this, in effect, that it will be a highly uncomfortable period for them.

However, there are some symptoms that you should not ignore, even if you believe your baby’s crying to be due to colic or newborn colic-like symptoms. If your baby has any of the following symptoms, you should contact your baby’s doctor for a more formal evaluation.

  • Little or no interest in feeding.

If your baby’s formula or milk consumption is not as it should be, any crying may be an indication of digestive troubles that may be linked to other  causes which have no relation with babies and gas or baby gripe.

  • Diarrhea

– in young infants and small children, the dehydration caused by diarrhea can be dangerous, even fatal. Crying accompanied by this symptom should be reported to your baby’s doctor right away.

  • Fever

– high fever can cause permanent brain injury in infants, and should not be ignored. Any crying along with fever can be a sign of serious illness.

  • Vomiting

– as with diarrhea, vomiting can cause severe dehydration, and may be a sign of infection.

  • Hives or rash – this may be a sign of an allergic reaction
  • Changes in breathing –  another sign of allergies, and one that can be highly dangerous in small children.

You should not attribute all crying to baby colic, even if your infant has been diagnosed as having colic. Any crying that does not fit the typical pattern should be evaluated separately, and if there are symptoms like those listed above, you should contact your child’s pediatrician and/or seek medical intervention as soon as possible.

Colic infants take their toll on parents aside from their own obvious suffering – fatigue can cause caregivers and parents alike to miss other symptoms that point to a more serious cause. Therefore, it is important to remain vigilant when it comes to any changes in your baby’s colic, just in case there are other conditions which may be affecting your child.

If you aren’t certain whether or not a symptom could be a sign of something more serious, always consult with your child’s doctor rather than attributing it to gripe and hoping it will eventually go away. It is a universal trait in mothers that they possess a sixth sense telling them when their child is in real distress as opposed to discomfort. They should trust this intuitive source compelling them to act when they feel it tells them to.

A simple colic treatment will not help any more, it is a case when seeking medical intervention is the safest route to take for parents and baby alike.

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