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Colic In Infants

Overview

Once the child is born he/she goes through a fussy period. During this fussy period the child cries for three hours at a stretch much to the horror and concern of the parents. This fussing period generally starts around 3 weeks time after the birth and may extend up to 4 – 6 weeks of age. This crying is mostly due to the formation of gas in the stomach. This condition is called colic. And there is absence of any other underlying disease such as hernia or infection.


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Causes

It is seen that the colic attack starts around 6 in the evening, though there is no defined time period. These attacks of crying can begin any time of the day and can range from 15 minutes to 3 hours or more. The child suffering from colic is unusually sensitive to stimulation. This may be due to the intestinal gas. Some may also cry from hunger, overfeeding or due to some food intolerable to them which are passed on from mother to baby through the diet. Some babies may not tolerate proteins, fear, excitement or anxious.


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Signs & Symptoms

The infants with colic may have the following symptoms:-

  • The baby may begin crying almost at the same time each day.
  • The crying is generally seen in the evening.
  • The baby may fall asleep after the gas is passed or he/she gets exhausted.
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Prevention

There is no known prevention to this health condition.


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Treatments
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No known medicine is administered to treat the symptoms of this disease.  The parents need to learn to console their child. This can be done by cradling; carrying the baby in arms, gently rocking etc. any means through which the crying stops should be done as the baby absorbs more air while crying which may lead to production of more gas and pain. Try to avoid any food that causes gas in the stomach of the baby such as certain medicines administered to mothers, food like nuts, dairy products and overfeeding.  

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