What Fussy Baby Signs Point To Baby Colic?
What symptoms to look for when you have a fussy baby before thinking of colic remedies, whether you are breastfeeding or not? According to two online sources, the fussy baby site and colic calm, this definition for baby colic was given by a pediatrician named Morris Wessel, way back in 1954:
“Unexplained crying in an infant between the ages of 2 weeks and 4 months, at least 3 hours a day, 3 times a week, for 3 weeks or more.”
Medterms describes baby colic as follows:
Colic is characterized by episodes of irritability, loud crying, and what appears to be abdominal pain with the legs drawn up and the abdomen feeling rigid.
An attack of colic usually begins suddenly, often after a feeding. The cry is loud and continuous. The spells last from one to four hours and the baby’s face often gets flushed or red. The belly is sometimes distended or prominent; the legs alternate between flexed and extended straight out; the feet are often cold and the hands clenched. The episodes, while they can occur at any time of the day or night, typically begin in the late afternoon or early evening.
So what to do about that fussy baby?
How to deal with these symptoms? Can I buy colic remedies? Do colic remedies even exist?
Medterm also states that about 10% of babies get baby colic and if I count the number of newborns every year, that is a huge crowd of parents that are going to have to deal with a fussy baby, even if there are colic remedies.
The sad news is that there is no cure for baby colic but there is a lot you can do to make life a little easier to bear for the baby with baby colic. For starters, you should allow yourself to stop feeling guilty in any way, it is not your fault and you are not a bad parent because your infant has symptoms that point to colic.
A continuously crying infant can drive parents completely mad, it would not be the first time either that a nanny loses her patience with a loudly crying infant. There have been documented cases where one can see a nanny shake the infant so violently that it will suffer from the shaken baby syndrome.
Let us consider what can be done, as there are no miracle cures. If you are breastfeeding, there are certain types of food to avoid. If you are not breastfeeding, there are a number of baby food variations you can consider. As there are no colic remedies as simple as drops or a pill you will have to look for other ways to make the symptoms go away.
These exist, but it will require a bit of organizing and there are also many other articles on this website that will point the way. Of course, you could take the short cut and check out our baby colic relief ebook.