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Is Ethnicity A Factor In Colic
Stressful Time: This is a very stressful time for your family. Colicky babies demand constant attention. You are sleep deprived already, then on top of that, you have the constant needs of this child. Walking in a sling is super helpful. Consider "baby wearing" as much as possible, not just you but dad and other family members. Never shake the baby, you can always set her down and let her cry, take a break! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Crying after feeds: Colic typically occurs in healthy infants, starts around 3 weeks of age, happens after feeds and is usually in the evening, when parents tend to be the most tired! babies cry unconsolably, their tummies grumble and appear distended, they may pass gas as they cry, they pull their legs up and clench their fists. Take turns with your partner so you can get some respite. Always consult your docotr. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Standard Definition: Early on, researchers came up with a standard description to bring some uniformity in assessment & proposed treatments. The rule of 3's describes crying for at least 3 hrs/day;3days/wk in the first 3 months of life. It implys crying when no physical need (feeding) & no medical illness (reflux, ear infection, uti) were detected of thorough evaluation. It often occurred more in the afternoons. ...Read more
Yes: Only to make sure that it is, in fact, colic, and not a more serious condition such as reflux ("baby heartburn"). Colic is crying for no apparent reason; if a reason exists and needs to be treated, then it isn't colic. In my experience, colic can almost always be treated by taking a car ride with the baby (properly restrained in an appropriate car seat, of course). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Find the Cause: Colic is uncontrolled fussiness for hours a day. I belive that there is almost always a cause that allows for correction, meaning a happy baby. It could be formula intolerence, swallowing air, acid reflux or a variety of other problems. Patient, careful examination usually identifies and corrects it. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Extreme fussiness: This condition occurs when an otherwise healthy infant (less than 3 months) screams for an unknown reason. It can be frustrating to parents because it is very difficult to soothe them. The good news is it peaks at 6-8 weeks and generally is gone by 3-4 months. It is not dangerous to a baby and does not predict anything about the future health of that child. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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