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Colic = Gas and wind in a baby

crying baby

Infantile colic refers to trapped gas and winds in a baby and the bloating and pain that this causes.

In the early stages, symptoms include cramping, moaning, groaning, straining and crying. If not treated correctly, symptoms tend to worsen! Colic usually goes away at around 4-6 months.

diagram showing gas pockets in the stomach and intestines

Why does gas and wind build up or get trapped?

  • Trapped gas in an immature digestive tract

  • Not burping completely - leaving that "deep one" behind

  • Excessive swallowing of air when feeding - latching issues

  • Overfeeding or comfort feeding

  • Formula that does not agree with baby

  • Allergen to cows milk

  • Enzyme not present to digest milk

  • Tongue or lip tie can cause extra gas to be swallowed

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 Gas and Wind, generally means Colic in Babies

Most Common Causes of Colic

Less Common Causes


Treating the cause of colic

Soothing strategies for a baby with colic include:

The two best ways parents can help treat colic

1. Deep and active burping techniques for difficult to burp babies.

2. Exercises that unlock pockets of trapped gas.

Visit our How We Help page for more info about how we can teach you the most effective ways to quickly help ease the pain and cramps. The best way to cure colic fast is also the natural way!



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