When does colic in a child begin?
The problem is not that easy to recognize.
Infant colic is a problem for many children. Not only the little ones suffer from it, but also their parents. Colic is associated with crying, sleepless nights and anxiety. Fortunately, it's not anything serious and it passes by.
When does infant colic appear and what are its causes?
Infant colic may appear as early as around the 2nd week of life, its peak occurrence is at the 6th week of life and lasts until the end of the 3rd - 5th month. Seizures most often occur in the evening. It is not known what exactly is the cause. It is assumed that it may be related to the immaturity of the digestive and neuroendocrine systems of the intestines (the nervous system responsible for visceral sensation), or e.g. a tense atmosphere in the family.
How do I know if my baby has colic?
The main symptom is intense crying and anxiety. However, crying may be related to the baby's unmet needs or to an illness. It is therefore crucial to rule out these causes of the baby's crying, e.g. by checking the temperature, checking if the diaper is wet, trying to feed or hug the baby. If then the crying does not stop, it may be a sign that our child suffers from infantile colic. Additional symptoms of colic may include: a tense tummy and tautness of the baby.
How to deal with infant colic?
When your child is struggling with baby colic, you can use known methods such as hugging, tummy massage, rocking, warm compresses, or turning on a melody for your baby, the so-called white noise. Oral drops containing simethicone can also be used in the child. These steps will help your little one to relax and give some relief.
Try to stay calm. The child feels the fear of the parents.
Infant colic is a problem not only for the child, but also for the parents. You may then feel fear, fatigue, and a sense of helplessness. It is important that you support each other in these difficult moments. It is worth making an appointment with your partner to divide the duties and take care of the child in turns. Remember that infant colic is not serious and usually passes by itself by 5 months of age *.