Help For Colic

Written by Christa Gatewood
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Colic has come to be known as the persistent and continuous crying of a newborn under five months old for no distinguishable reason. Colic has been the cause of many a sleepless night of parents for generations. Colic goes beyond simple fussiness and may be unsolvable no matter what is done.

There is, however, help for colicky babies and the parents that care for them. There is some evidence that the underdeveloped gastrointestinal systems of babies cause them to be unable to digest certain nutrients adequately. Some experts theorize this to be the true cause of colic--babies are crying from gas pains. Whether or not this is true remains to be seen, but some parents have found that changing a baby's diet decreases the length and frequency of bouts of colic.

Other Remedies for Colic

Parents of colicky babies have also come to rely on some "tricks of the trade" as it were. Walking with a baby and rocking a baby seem to have some effect. Also putting the baby in a swing or taking the baby for a drive can soothe the crying. Some parents enlist the aid of a sleep sound machine that produces white noise. Sound machines are effective in calming a baby enough that he/she will drift off to sleep.

Although children must grow out of colic on their own, these tricks and others can make the process more bearable for the parents. As many as 25 percent of newborns have colic, so it is a good idea to ask other parents for tips they might have. A pediatrician is also a great source for help with colic.

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