COLIC SYMPTOMS, DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT

Colic is common in infants, occurring in up to one in five babies. Many more babies have milder but still noticeable symptoms of cramping and crying.  It usually starts when a baby is a few weeks old, peaks at about 6-10 weeks of age, and usually stops by the time they are 4 months of age, although can continue until six months. The introduction of solid foods usually helps these cases.

 

Signs and Symptoms of Colic in Babies

  • Cramping, moaning and groaning, even when sleeping

  • Crying for no apparent reason

  • Fussiness or irritability even when not crying

  • Crying occurs more often in the afternoon and evening

  • Going red in the face from all the straining

  • Clenched fists, knees tucked up to their tummy, or arching their back

  • In severe cases - prolonged periods of intense crying or screaming

  • Rumbling tummy and a lot of wind.

Most Common Causes of Colic

 

  • Abdominal pain due to trapped gas or indigestion

  • This is usually quite random and a function of an immature digestive tract

  • This can occur due to overfeeding, underfeeding, or infrequent burping

Less Common Causes

  • An imbalance in the digestive tract’s bacterial community

  • Food allergies (e.g. cows’ milk allergy)

  • Food intolerances (e.g. milk protein or milk lactose intolerance)

  • Reflux can cause similar symptoms although reflux usually secondary to trapped winds and gas

  • Childhood headache or migraine - hard to diagnose

  • Parental or family stress or anxiety.

Complications

Although colic does not cause health problems for a baby, it can be a major burden to families. Colic is associated with exhaustion, stress, and depression in parents and is a risk factor for shaken baby syndrome. Colic is also a cause of stopping breastfeeding early, disturbed sleep (insomnia), feelings of guilt and helplessness in parents, and family problems.

Treatment: Two aspects - Treating the cause and soothing symptoms

Treating the cause

  • Good burping techniques

  • Helping intestinal gas to release (farts)

  • If this doesn't work, start thinking about less common causes

Soothing strategies for a baby with colic include:

  • Using a pacifier

  • Colic remedies like Gripe water, Colic-calm, Bennet's and many others. May bring short term relief

  • Holding, swaddling or cuddling the baby

  • Distraction and movement - Walking around, gently rocking, etc

  • Playing gentle, low-volume audio in the background (e.g. heartbeats, soothing sounds, white noise)

  • Limiting visual stimulation - go a lie in dark room with baby on their tummy on your chest

THE BIG CHALLANGE - GETTING GAS AND WINDS TO ESCAPE

Theses babies are challenging so standard stuff won't work! Fortunately, we can quite easily teach 'active'  burping techniques as well as exercises to mobilise and release pockets of deep intestinal gas.

Active burping techniques:
These six burping positions are very effective for getting deeper burps to release. This is often the most important step in easing stomach colic

Release techniques for intestinal gas:

This routine of six 'release techniques' targets the most common areas where pockets of gas get trapped - the cause of all that moaning, groaning, straining and cramping!  

  • Gentle, safe and easy to learn

  • cost is $35. Watch as many times as you like

  • Money back if no help... we know these work very well... give them a try!

demo of a deep burping technique

nothing works quite so well as rolling up your sleeves and getting your hands on!

 

watch a demo of one of the 6 burping techniques

 

seated over hand >

how to hold a colic baby

SIGN UP FOR A MASTERCLASS IN BURPING AND WINDING !!

In this 30 minute series of short video clips, we will teach you unique techniques that get gas and wind to release from even the most difficult babies:

1. Active burping routine - 6 techniques to release deep burps from the stomach

2. Intestinal gas release - 6 ways to untrap flatulence from digestive tract and colon 

3. Easy step by step process - Instantly start to ease pressure

4. Almost always see positive changes within days

5. Reduce bloating, cramping, crying, reflux, etc

6. Costs $35 - Money back guarantee if no improvement

7. Watch as many times as you need

how to hold a colic baby

WHAT YOU GET

Masterclass in 18 Short videos:

  • 6 Active burping techniques - helps stomach colic and 'milky' reflux

  • 6 Intestinal gas release techniques - helps intestinal gas and 'chunky' reflux

  • 6 Stretch techniques - ease spinal and hip muscles in stiff, tense babies

+   Access our  Learning Center: 

See list below

soothing techniques
emergency measures!

when baby is screaming! here are a few ideas about how best to help your colicky baby

watch emergency measures >
pacifiers: do's and don'ts

a pacifier, or dummy, can be a great aid in treating colic. Dr. Dyan Hes gives a useful overview in this 2 minute video of the basic do's and don'ts for using a pacifier to soothe your fussing babe.

watch how to use a pacifier >
how to hold a colicky baby

the tiger in the tree - this is one of the best ways to hold a fussy or colicky baby.

watch how to hold baby >
White Noise.PNG
white noise

white noise is used to help calm fussy or colicky babies. it can help to establish a sleeping routine. here are several hours of our favorite examples of white noise - play directly from this page.

listen to white noise >
feeding issues
hungry babies

not getting enough breastmilk is a fairly common problem for fussy and colicky babies. a few changes can be all that is needed. after all, if you were hungry, wouldn't you complain?

hungry babies >
breastfeeding basics

not getting enough to drink or guzzling too much air. these 2 videos by a lactation consultant and a midwife might help

watch breastfeeding >
overfeeding and comfort feeds

is your boob the pacifier? feeding intervals, comfort feeding and when to introduce solids. these are all issues to consider

Reflux Baby.PNG
dealing with reflux 

milky or like cottage cheese? gas and wind or a formula that disagrees? reflux and colic are often caused by gas and winds that are clogging up the pipes. but there can be more to it...

feeding issues >
reflux issues >
general care and knowledge
the twenty biggest myths

this guide will help you to wade through the old wives tales and get up to date thinking on a variety of controversial subjects.

sleeping positions

getting good sleep is essential to break the colic cycle. what is best for colicky babies is somewhat controversial.

read biggest myths >
sleeping tips and ideas >
7 signs of teething and natural pain relief

these short 2 minute clips from mama natural offer a simple, straightforward way to tell if your baby is in pain from teething and how to relieve it naturally.

best milestones list

see milestones month by month for first year. understand what you're seeing as your baby grows! 

 

teething and colic >
milestones >
baby language

just for fun, see if you can understand what your baby is saying! watch this expert on the Oprah Winfrey show.

baby talk >
baby brain development

these videos discuss smart foods and ideas on how to help to stimulate the audio visual parts of the brain. 

brain development >
headstart - an unfair advantage

this guide gives you the latest thinking from child psychologists about healthy brain development and how best to stimulate IQ

headstart >
tummy time

spending awake time on their stomach is important for a number of reasons, including gas release. these 3 video's explain more about tummy time and show 5 different ways to do it.

tummy time is important >