Colicky Baby? How to interpret the crying
Crying is the only language that babies know. As a parent, you must learn to interpret the crying of your baby. The art lies in differentiating between various types of cries.
A crying baby is not always hungry or wanting to be changed; sometimes they are having a colic episode. Stay calm! You are not alone in this journey. Visbiome Infant Drops is here to help! Click here to learn more about Visbiome Infant Drops.
How to identify a colicky baby?
Colic, simply put, is a period of unexplainable crying. It is important for you to understand, especially if you are a new parent, that colic is not actually a physical disorder or disease. It’s really a subjective observation. The baby starts crying suddenly and inconsolably with a high-pitched and screechy voice.
Signs of colic include stomach distention, unusually frequent passage of gas, and leg extensions while crying. Usually, colic in babies starts at the age of two to three weeks, peaking around six to eight weeks. It then gradually dissipates and disappears completely in three to four months. In some rare cases, it may last up to six months of age.
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If it is not colic, then, What else could it be?
A crying baby is not always hungry or wanting to be pampered or changed. The possibility of a medical issue being present cannot be ruled out. Below is a brief overview of some other common conditions linked to excessive crying that may help you understand your baby's needs better.
Excessive gas is a very common problem in the infantile population. The gas often occurs because babies usually swallow air while feeding or crying. The underdeveloped digestive system also allows food to pass through quickly before it is broken down completely. The gas accumulates in the stomach and causes distention, causing the baby to cry excessively. The primary indication is intermittent crying that can occur at any time during the day.
Generally, gassy babies try to pull their legs up to their chests. It’s also common for their eyes to roll back and they wriggle because of gas bubbles. You may notice that your baby looks like they are gasping or about to burp. Another common sign of gas is smiling between crying periods.
An allergic reaction is the body's exaggerated response to a non-harmful stimulus. Allergies in a baby may manifest shortly after eating or after hours to days of food consumption. An allergic reaction may also occur after direct skin contact. It may present in the form of skin abnormalities, gastrointestinal problems, or irregular breathing. If your baby is crying excessively and showing any of the following signs, they are likely having an allergic reaction.
• Skin symptoms: Red rash on buttocks or any part of the body, facial flushing, eczema, localized swelling (a patch of skin that is raised and red).
• Gastrointestinal symptoms: Diarrhea, vomiting, regurgitation, decreased weight gain.
• Respiratory symptoms: Rhinitis, nasal discharge, breathlessness, asthma.
Some of the allergic symptoms mimic other conditions, such as flatulence or reflux. This can cause a lot of confusion, making it harder for you to determine what’s bothering your baby. Here’s a tip- most of the time allergies manifest in the form of skin lesions and diarrhea.
While the language of crying can be stress-inducing it’s an important skill to learn in order to properly monitor your baby’s health.
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