Colic occurs in the first few months of life when baby’s digestive system is still adjusting to life outside the womb. The periods of crying may occur at the same time every day for many days or after mealtimes.
Signs of colic include, bloated tummy, gas, frequent spit ups, disrupted sleep patterns, inconsolable crying. During the episodes baby’s back may be arched, knees may be pulled to the chest, fists may be clenched and the arms and legs may flail. Symptoms may cease after a bowel movement or after passing gas. Allergies such as lactose intolerance can also cause symptoms.
Babies cry when they are, hungry, cold, hot or needs a diaper change However, if the crying continues frequently for long periods of time and on a daily basis, it may be colic. Even though colic may be distressing for both baby and parents, it is not harmful and has no long term effects on infant development.
There are many solutions to solving baby colic such as colic tablets, over the counter drops and gripe water. Many parents try distraction methods such as turning on the vacuum cleaner or driving the baby around in the car until the baby falls asleep while others utilize anti-spasmodic prescriptions from the doctor.
One traditional solution is the Juju Band which is specially developed to help with the symptoms of colic. When the abdomen is distended, wrap the Juju Band snugly around baby’s tummy. The heat from the Juju Band will help to release the gas and bloating that baby is experiencing. Babies often stop the crying when the pressure of the gas is released. If crying continues and you feel the need for more assistance, consult your pediatrician.