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What causes colic?
10 to 30 percent of all babies get colic. Doctors don't know exactly what colic is or what triggers it. Doctors also do not agree on a treatment for colic. In general, colic refers to an upset baby that appears to have pain associated with gastrointestinal problems.
What are the symptoms of colic?
Can what I eat make my baby's colic worse?
Some doctors think that if the baby is breast-fed and the mother eats food that makes lots of gas, this may cause colic or make it worse. Food and drinks that produce lots of gas are:
How can I calm my baby down?
Experiment to find out what makes a difference to your child's colic. The best thing is to leave two days between each change of diet so that you know exactly what makes your baby feel better or worse. What can you do to help your child? As nobody knows what exactly colic is, there is no one foolproof piece of advice. But there are several useful things that parents could try:
Is it ok for me to feel so much stress?
Yes! Parents with a colicky baby are often stressed out and rightly so. Their baby is in pain and the natural reaction is to want to help the baby feel better.
When a baby has colic, the life of the family is turned upside down. Parents often find it extremely stressful and upsetting when their baby is crying for hours and cannot be comforted.
For first time parents in particular, it can be a shock and a disappointment to discover that your new-born baby is not the bundle of joy you were expecting. Parents may also feel guilty even though they are not the cause of their child's colic. However, always remember that the child is healthy and will outgrow the colic in a few months. Colic does not harm the development of the child. Children with colic are actually very stimulated!
Parents should look after themselves, too, during the difficult periods. It may be necessary for parents to take turns, so that one can rest while the other is awake. It may also be necessary to call on friends or family as reinforcement. It is better to ask for help than to wear yourself out completely because of the challenge.
It may also help to talk to other parents who have experienced the same thing. You can meet other parents with colicky babies at the online colic support group.
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