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The Good News about Colic

If you’re in the middle of dealing with an infant with colic, you probably think that the phrase “good news” does not belong anywhere on the same page with the word “colic,” but it does. We all know that colic is not easy to go through, not for the baby and even less so for the frazzled mother.

But there is good news in the midst of this. The good news is that your baby, even though she’s been crying for hours on end and will likely go through the same routine several times per week at roughly the same time of night until she’s about four months old has absolutely nothing seriously wrong with her.

Doctors have no real clue concerning what causes colic. Some theorize that it may have something to do with intestinal distress, while others think it may be caused by the lack of stimulation for a newborn baby outside of the womb compared to the constant stimulation she enjoyed while she was tucked all snug and warm inside your tummy.

Btu experts all pretty much agree on one thing: colic is nothing to worry about. Most experts these days tend to agree that colic is just the extreme side of what is normal for a healthy baby. In other words, they figure that all babies do a good amount of crying, and colicky babies simply excel at it.

In other words, even if your baby does have colic, she is perfectly normal. Even if we grant you that colic isn’t “normal,” per se, you would have to agree that any condition which affects 1 out of every 4 babies is fairly commonplace, and not something to be terribly worried about if it doesn’t threaten life or limb (and it doesn’t).

Of course, the fact that colic is relatively normal doesn’t make it any easier to go through. There is much good advice available on the subject of surviving colic, and we won’t repeat it all here. Suffice it to say that you will only have to ride the storm out for a few weeks, and then colic will pass forever into the rearview mirror.

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Are There Any Homeopathic Treatments For Colic?

Unfortunately for parents who have a baby with colic, there really are not very many medical options available. There is not an anti-colic shot that they can get, nor a syrup they can drink. Part of the reason for this is that we just aren’t sure what causes colic. While colic does not have any long term negative effects on a baby, it can certainly be frustrating for parents. For this reason, many parents have tried to use homeopathic treatments for colic.

There are homeopathic ingredients you can try to use to help to calm your baby’s stomach. Most of the homeopathic treatments for colic make the assumption that the colic is caused by some sort of a disturbance in your baby’s gastrointestinal tract. One of the most common homeopathic treatments for colic is chamomile, or chamomilla. Chamomile is a homeopathic treatment that is thought to provide pain relief, as well as relaxation for your baby with colic. Another possible homeopathic treatment for colic is Wild Yam, also known as Dioscorea. Wild Yam helps to prevent spasms in the gastrointestinal tract. A third homeopathic treatment for colic is bitter apple, or colycynthis. Bitter apple is used to prevent or to relieve intestinal cramping.

One of the most common homeopathic treatments for colic is something called gripe water. Gripe water often uses herbal as well as homeopathic treatments to try to reduce or eliminate your baby’s colic. Here again, gripe water operates on the theory that colic is related to the gastrointestinal tract. Gripe water uses things ike ginger, fennel, sodium bicarbonate, and often Chamomile to treat colic. If your baby’s colic is caused by gastrointestinal problems, gripe water may be the answer.

Keep in mind that homeopathic treatments for colic have not been clinically tested and approved by the FDA. This does not mean that they can’t work, only that there is not government oversight in the manufacturing process of such treatments, and the possible negative effects of those treatments have not been studied. As always, you should consider speaking with your health care provider before administering any treatment for colic.

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Recognizing Colic Symptoms

While it’s normal for babies to cry and fuss, some babies experience a greater degree of distress than others. If your baby cries for more than three hours a day, three days or more a week for more than three weeks, she may have colic.

Colic is especially difficult because it can cause a great deal of stress on a family. While there are no long term health effects of colic, the sheer mental agony can be very frustrating, especially for parents. Add in the fact that those parents are probably operating on a limited amount of sleep and you have a dangerous equation.

Colic is usually relatively easy to recognize. Here are the three identifying symptoms of colic:

  • You can predict when your baby will cry. Very often (but not always) a baby with colic will cry around the same time each day. In many cases, this takes place in the afternoon or the evening. Each time your baby cries, it may last just a few minutes or it may last for three hours all at once. This crying will usually stop and start for no visible reason. Toward the end of the crying, your baby might have gas or a bowel movement.
  • Your baby’s crying is inconsolable. Crying from colic is often high pitched, and may be hard or even impossible to comfort.
  • Your baby changes posture significantly. Your baby’s legs are likely to curl up, her fists are likely to clench and she’s likely to tenser her abdominal muscles, as well, during a colic episode.

If you think your baby may have colic, it’s worth talking to your baby’s doctor. She can offer some advice about how to handle things, and in some cases may be able to identify whether there is a different issue causing the crying, such as a health concern that up to this point hasn’t been detected.

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