Colic in infants

Colic is described as recurrent and regular crying fits in a baby.

We talk about colic when this crying occurs

  • at least 3 hours a day
  • more than 3 days a week
  • for more than 3 weeks.

The little one squirms, tenses, and seems to be in constant discomfort.

The attacks occur at the same time of the day, most often in the late afternoon or evening. They generally disappear around the age of 3 months, without any specific treatment.

Immaturity of the digestive system, disturbed intestinal flora, stress, psychological factors, there are many possible causes of these colics, but they are not considered an illness, and a baby who has colic is not in bad health.
However, we should not hesitate to consult a doctor to rule out GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) or intolerance to cow’s milk proteins, but also because these colic episodes can be a major source of stress within families or even parental distress.

A treatment based on probiotics and simethicone can be prescribed by the pediatrician. Osteopathy, homeopathy, and circular belly massage can also be effective in soothing colic.

Dr. Harvey Karp has also developed the 5 S’s technique for comforting a baby:

  1. Swaddle
  2. Side (position on the side)
  3. Shush (white noise)
  4. Swing (rocking)
  5. Suck (sucking)

We can also add carrying, movement (stroller rides, car rides…).
And you, what were your magic formulas to relieve your babies?

This information is not a substitute for medical advice. You must seek the advice of your doctor or another qualified health professional with any questions you may have regarding your health condition.

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