It's normal for babies to fuss and cry. But if you can set your watch by your infant's routine outbursts, your little one may be suffering from colic. This temporary medical condition affects as many as a quarter of babies and usually remedies itself by 3 to 5 months of age, according to the Mayo Clinic.
1. Infants will assume a fetal pose during bouts of colic. Their muscles tense, fists become clenched and they curl their arms and legs into their chests. Talk with your Atlanta-area doctor about giving the baby medication to relieve intestinal gas, or probiotics to help balance the newborn's digestive system. A warmed heat pack placed on the baby's stomach can help ease the pain.
2. Colicky babies will cry at a specific time of day, almost as if they are on a schedule. The high-pitched wailing may last a few minutes to a few hours. Comfort the baby by rubbing his lower back or abdomen to soothe stomach cramping. Try feeding your little one and holding him close. This can usually shorten the duration of the crying.
3. If the crying ends when the baby creates a bowel movement or passes gas, it's likely an episode of colic. Talk with your family doctor about your diet and nutritional needs if you're breastfeeding. A simple change in your own diet may reduce the baby's discomfort. Or, contact the baby's pediatrician for a full evaluation. Non-stop crying can be a symptom of a more serious medical condition.
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