Does My Baby Have Colic?

Does my baby have colic?

As new parents you might expect your baby to cry, but how much crying for a newborn is normal? Does my baby have gas or colic? Where do you even begin to figure this out? All you know is that your crying baby needs relief and needs it fast. If your baby does have colic, your next goal is how to relieve colic symptoms.

What are the symptoms of colic?

The symptoms of colic are a baby that cries around the same time every day for up to three hours. It may also include a baby that cries and is inconsolable despite what you do to calm the baby. When a baby is fed and taken care of but still continues to cry for long periods of time with high pitched, uncomfortable sounding cries, colic might be the cause. Does your baby continue to spit up or pass gas or have a bowel movement at the end of these crying episodes? There may be hope!

What causes colic in a baby?

Well, colic is funny because it has no real cause. Yes, you read that right, they don't know what causes colic in newborns... It's not necessarily something you're eating and transferring through breastmilk, it's not formula, though perhaps you need to stop eating something or switch formulas. By the 3-4 month mark colic symptoms should have cleared up and be gone for good. In the mean time, what can you do to relieve colic symptoms in your baby? Gas-relief drops are often very helpful for colicky babies. No one feels good when they have gas and babies are the same way. Try gas drops for newborns to relieve their symptoms and help them along. While the there is no proof that gut bacteria specifically plays a role in colic, some parents have found infant probiotics to be helpful in relieving a fussy baby.  Supporting good gut health can never be a bad thing even if it does not completely relieve colic symptoms.

Additional help for a baby with colic

One of the best supports for a baby with colic is chiropractic care! Chiropractic care for your newborn can help relieve uncontrollable crying that causes sleep deprivation in parents and newborns. We love working with Dr. Celeste of Berryville Family Chiropractic, she specializes in pregnancy and pediatrics and knows just what to do to help your newborn during adjustments.

You can also try soothing techniques before their crying episodes begin, this requires a few days of data tracking, but once you have the information you can work out a plan. A warm bath with lavender oil, a massage, probiotics, a tummy massage are all great options to help ease that colic crying session that you know is coming.

In the end, colic will not last forever, your baby will soon grow out of it!