Colic is one of the huge challenges some parents of young babies face. Some babies don't have it, some have it mild, and others have severe colic, which can take a toll on the whole family.
So what is colic and why does it happen to babies?
Colic is a condition which produces gases in babies' gastrointestinal tract that is very sore to them. It usually doesn't last beyond four months old, and if it affects a baby, it happens around 4 to 6 weeks of their age.
There isn't a definite reason as to why it happens. Some doctors believe it comes from the baby's diet, others that it's from what the mother eats or what's in formula. Either way it isn't anyone's fault and unfortunately affects many families.
One of the common symptoms is an inconsolable cry for hours, irritability and gassiness. You would also notice that it is obvious during early evening and some parents even call it a "witching hour" time.
Tips on relieving colic:
Babies are different and what works for one may not work for another. While trying the above tips, the main tip we give to parents is do not panic. You should stick trying each method for at least five minutes if not longer. When we have an unsettled baby, we tend to panic and try various things to settle them as soon as we can. But remember, that you should try each settling method for a longer period of time to see the results and try not to jump from one to another straight away.
Look after yourself.