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Colic

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  • Colic, or paroxysms of gastrointestinal pain, affects infants between the ages of 2 weeks to 3 months.  The exact cause of colic is unknown, but most doctors think that overstimulation of babies' immature nervous system is a factor.
  • Colic is not an infection or contagious.

  • Prolonged periods of crying, as if in pain
  • Flushing of the skin of the face and chest
  • Passing of gas
  • Appearing very hungry, but pushing away bottles or the breast when offered
  • Flexion (pulling up) of the arms and legs

  • Diagnosis of colic is clinical, and made only after ruling out other diseases.  Your doctor will talk with you and examine the baby for signs of other problems, before deciding your child has colic.

  • Colic is temporary, and treatments do not cure the problem, only make the baby more comfortable until he or she outgrows it.
  • Measures to calm and comfort the baby:
    1. Gentle, slow rocking
    2. Rubbing the stomach or back
    3. Wrapping the baby tightly in a blanket (swaddling)
  • Speaking to your baby in soft, soothing tones
  • Changes in bottle feeding
    1. Interrupting feeding every half ounce to quickly burp the baby
    2. Use of bottles that minimize swallowing of air
  • Removal of possible irritants from diet of breast-feeding mothers
    1. Chocolate
    2. Caffeine (coffee, tea, and sodas)
    3. Milk
  • Medications
    1. Simethicone drops
    2. Small volumes (1 teaspoon or less) of cooled chamomile or mint tea
  • Change to more easily digested formulas.

  • Because the exact cause of colic is unknown, prevention is difficult.  Some doctors feel it is less frequent in breast-fed infants.




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