Infantile colic is more common in the first child

Written by: Dra. Cristina Bonjoch Marí
Published: | Updated: 17/11/2018
Edited by: Noelia Pino García

Although there will be days that parents can come to despair by the crying infant baby with colic, the truth is that they should be quiet because colic is not a disease, but a "situation" that a baby that is healthy and well fed, can have an intense crying for at least three hours a day, three days a week for at least three weeks. Specialists in Pediatrics say it is important to make clear that colic is a benign and self - limiting process in time.

The most common cause that causes a baby to cry few days of life is surely hunger; so when will calm coma. Do not think your baby may have colic until it is a little more "major" because usually appears from the second week of life.

Colic may persist in the first quarter and last up to four months of life. The increased frequency of crying is about month and a half of life.


Causes of colic

There are several theories regarding infant colic: stimulate too baby, lack of routine in your daily life, parental anxiety to the baby's crying, immature baby's digestive system resulting in greater ease of intestine to have spasms, difficulty in removing gases and alterations in intestinal flora, among others.

An interesting fact is that colic is more common in the first child, so the theory of anxiety and inexperience of the parents are also shuffles to the baby's crying.

As for the diet, it seems clear that breastfeeding promotes prevention of colic. Although it is rare, intolerance to proteins in cow's milk could be a trigger for it.

Once ruled out possible organic causes of crying baby, the pediatrician report on the benignity of the process and its evolution into the disappearance spontaneously in a few weeks. Sometimes, as already mentioned, the pediatrician can advise perform a test by removing dietary protein cow's milk diet mother. Also is studying the use of probiotics in the prevention of colic, although currently there is no scientific evidence.


Can you avoid colic?

A good tip to prevent and relieve colic is swaddling well with a thin, soft cloth (some babies prefer not to get so wrapped), I pick him up, either side, vertically or on his belly, singing softly one repetitive melody while gently rocking rhythmically simply putting a pacifier or a finger or chest mother. It is also advisable in this situation to give a little warmth in the belly of the infant, either with a gentle massage or putting a warm washcloth on your abdominal area.

The baby is more easily calm in the arms of their parents. This is completely normal and is not a sign that is spoiled or bratty. I often catch can participate in the prevention of crying. It also helps promote the elimination of gas after feedings and try to completely empty the breast to encourage take milk with more fat to ensure that the baby feel more sated.


Edited by Noelia García Pino

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

By Dra. Cristina Bonjoch Marí

Dr. Bonjoch Marí is a specialist in pediatrics recognized for excellence in child health care and their food and development. After graduating in Medicine and Surgery, he specializes in pediatrics and began a long career with over 15 years experience in various hospitals. Throughout his career he has also participated in numerous conferences, seminars and specialty communications and has published numerous articles in scientific journals nationwide.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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