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!  See a demo

  • 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

 

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how to hold a colic baby

SIGN UP FOR A MASTERCLASS IN BURPING AND WINDING !!

In this 30 minute class, we will teach you exactly how to 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 to follow step by step process - Instantly start to ease pressure

4. Dramatic 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