When we first become parents sometimes we think that everything will be sunshine and roses. But we soon find out that bubs have their good days and they have their bad ones.
Sometimes those bad days can seem like they go on forever. But, do not panic, there is a certain amount of fussiness that every baby goes through, this is quite normal and it does not matter if they are breastfed or bottle fed babies.
Please note:- If you have a bad feeling or you baby just will not settle, please contact your doctor for advice.
Fussiness is part of the territory when it comes to babies. The average infant beings fussiness around two to three weeks after birth.
It will peak around the age of six weeks. The fussiness should dissipate around the third or fourth months.
Normal fussiness is something that can only be determined by your baby. There are some rules of thumb, but it is important to remember that every baby is different.
- This fussiness will continue during the time that the baby is usually awake more.
- This fussiness can last anywhere from two to four hours per day.
- For some babies, fussiness can also carry into the evening.
Is My Baby Colicky
Does your baby cry for more than three hours a day in a row?
Has your baby been fussy for more than three weeks?
This can be a common sign of baby colic. So, does my baby have Colic?
If your baby does have colic, it is not necessarily a sign of illness, it does not mean that your baby is hungry, wet, or tired. All babies of any sex, race or size can become colicky at anytime.
Colic effects approximately 25% of babies.
What Causes Baby Colic
It may seem strange that no one actually knows the exact cause of colic. However, over the years there have been things in common to most babies with colic.
Belly discomfort is common in many colic babies.
This discomfort is caused by different things such as:-
- Cow’s milk protein or lactose in formula or breast milk.
- Muscle spasms in the digestive system.
- Reflux can be from milk or stomach acid returning up the windpipe.
If you have a moody baby, they may also be prone to colic. Moodiness in babies can be caused from over stimulation to lights, sounds, or motion and this can be a trigger to colic.
Treating Baby Colic
There are several ways to treat colic, it may take only one thing, however other times it will take several different interventions to help calm your bubs.
Breastfeeding mums can help reduce baby colic through their food intake. A feeding mums diet has an effect on their breast milk, so in turn can effect baby’s tummy.
This means that mum might want to temporarily reduce their intake of foods such as:-
- Cow’s milk
- Herbal supplements
- Some Vegetables
- Spicy Foods
If you baby is formula fed, it is a bit easier in the controlling or changing of nutrition options. You can try:-
- switching the baby from a cow’s milk protein formula to another kind.
- switch to a predigested hypoallergenic formula.
- Try changing the bottle teats to anti-colic nipples to reduce the amount of air that is swallowed during feeds.