Colic Symptoms

Written by Amy Hall
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It is important that you understand what colic symptoms are in order to find remedies that will help soothe your baby. In addition, it is essential that you rule out any underlying serious medical problems that can be causing your baby to cry continuously, such as an allergy to formula or a medical disorder. If neither of these seem to be the culprit, and your baby cries at least three hours a day for three days a week, than you can be pretty sure that he or she is suffering from colic symptoms.

Does your baby pull his or her legs into the chest and scream? Does his or her face turn beet red? Does your baby pass gas frequently, and seem to be in some sort of abdominal pain? Do you find it difficult if not impossible to get your baby to fall asleep and stay asleep? If you have answered "yes" to one or more of these questions, your baby is displaying classic colic symptoms that can be very distressing for both you and your newborn.

Recognizing Colic Symptoms

Once you recognize what colic symptoms are, you will better know how to proceed forward to find natural remedies for colic. There are some non-prescription supplements, such as gripe water and colic drops that can help break up trapped gas in the intestines, which can cause tremendous pain. These supplements should be taken only as directed and never exceeded as too much can be harmful to your baby.

You can also try swaddling your baby in a blanket which provides warmth and a feeling of being confined. Many babies find this soothing, as it mimics being in the womb. Furthermore, almost all babies love motion, so a car ride or a trip in the stroller around the block may help ease crying. Finally, a warm bath with soothing lavender drops, followed by a baby massage can be a great comfort to colicky babies.


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