As they are unable to speak to tell you what they want or how they feel, babies cry. They may cry when they are tired, hungry, need a nappy change or just want comforting. When babies cry for long periods, it may be a sign of infant colic. But there’s no need to panic, colic is very common and there are ways to ease the pain.
What causes colic in babies?
No one really knows the exact reason why babies get colic. But some theories include a food intolerance or allergy and indigestion or wind as a result of taking in too much air when feeding.
What are the symptoms of colic?
As touched upon earlier, if your baby is crying excessively and you’re finding it hard to soothe or comfort them, it could be a sign of colic. While a baby with colic can cry at any time of the day, it’s often worse in the late afternoon or evening. Your baby may also arch their back, draw their knees up to the tummy, be tense and rigid and pass wind.
How long does colic last?
The good news is, most bouts of colic peak at around six weeks and will start to taper off by 10 to 12 weeks. By six months you may find colic in your baby disappears altogether… this could be suddenly or gradually.
How can I soothe my baby if they have colic?
Colic can be upsetting and stressful for both you and your baby. There are a few methods you can try and see what works best. Playing soothing music or singing can help calm your baby and take their mind off it. You could also use ‘white noise’ to distract them. The gentle motion of rocking them in your arms, their pram or crib can also help. You may also find a warm bath or a gentle massage can be comforting.
Can I help by the way I feed them?
You could try feeding your baby in a semi-upright position, to stop them from swallowing too much air – and make sure you burp them after each feed. If you’re bottle-feeding, you could try a different teat, which your health visitor or GP will be able to advise you on. If you’re breast-feeding, talk to your health professional about possible foods you could cut out.
Infacol has been specially formulated to relieve wind and griping pain that can be associated with colic. It’s simple to give, even when your baby is crying – you just draw up a dropper full and squeeze the liquid onto the back of your baby’s tongue. Given before each feed, it can significantly relieve and calm the effects of colic and can be used from birth onwards.
Infacol contains Simeticone. For the treatment of infant colic. Always read the label.