Newborn Colic

Written by Amy Hall
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Newborn colic affects an estimated 20% of all infant babies. Usually, colic symptoms begin to present themselves around two to four weeks of age, and the tell-tale crying is the first clue. Infantile colic is defined as babies who cry for three or more hours, three or more days a week. This condition can last until the baby reaches three to six months of age, and in some cases, even longer.

As you can imagine, newborn colic is extremely distressing, for both the baby and the parents. Even without colic, parents can feel anxious and nervous, as they are taking care of a little baby on very little sleep, and without prior experience if they have no other children. When you throw the constant crying into the mix, it is enough to reduce the parents to tears themselves.

Dealing with Newborn Colic

First and foremost, it is essential that parents speak to their baby's pediatrician if they suspect colic as the source of crying. If, in fact the doctor is in agreement, there are some things parents and caregivers can do to help relieve newborn colic. Many parents try over-the-counter remedies such as gripe water for colic, which contains all natural ingredients that help relieve excessive gas that can become trapped in the intestines and cause painful cramping.

In addition, parents may want to try baby massage, focusing in on the belly region. This can also help move trapped gas out of the intestines so the baby feels relief. A ride in the car or stroller may also help, as can being carried in a chest carrier that holds the baby close to the caregivers body. Most important, caregivers and parents must take time out each day to recharge their own battery, otherwise they will be unable to continue taking care of a colicky baby.

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Colic caused by "vitamin K" injections

We believe that the sneaky "routine vitamin K" injections given to unsuspecting newborns cause colic, since the noxious fat-soluble substance (Merck's phytonadione) only dissipates by 3 months, coincidentally the end of colic. My daughter, who had colic herself as a newborn, refused the "vitamin K" for all 3 of her children, 2 of whom are uncircumcised, unvaccinated boys. She is an attorney who researched everything concerning childbirth. She walked drug-free through labor and transition, giving birth in a upright, kneeling position, which she found to be practically painfree and bloodless. Gravity is allowed to deliver the baby's blood supply to the baby, instead of the early cord clamping which causes newborn anemia. "Vitamin K" has also been linked to jaundice and childhood leukemia. My grandchildren were all colic-free, which led us to believe that this injection is very harmful.