Infant colic or baby wind is a common condition, affecting infants in the first few months of life. It is not a serious medical condition. The condition usually resolves by the by the age of 3-4 months. Colic is usually recognised by bouts of inconsolable crying, often for hours at a time, for no specific reason.
When does Colic most commonly occur?
Colic most commonly occurs in the late afternoon and evening when your baby may cry out in pain, draw its knees up to its chest and go red in the face. The baby’s tummy may look swollen or bloated as if it has swallowed a lot of air.
Is colic serious?
No, not really. However, it is wise to seek assurance from your doctor or early childhood nurse that the root of your child’s prolonged crying isn’t a more serious medical problem.
How can I tell if my baby has colic?
(i) Inconsolable bouts of forceful crying with no apparent trigger
(ii) Baby draws knees up to chest
(iii) Swollen stomach
(v) Passes wind more than usual
(vi) May get worse in the evening
It is IMPORTANT to remember that the following signs ARE NOT associated with colic:
– Raised Temperature
What is the cause of infant colic?
Despite medical research, no one is certain what causes infant colic. A likely explanation may be the build up of small bubbles of trapped wind in your baby’s tummy, which cause pain and discomfort.
To help treat infant wind or colic we recommend Infacol. To find out more about Infacol please visit our FAQ page here.
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