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Nephritic Colic Symptoms
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.
Crying...: Uncontrollably and repeatedly, often at the same time of day, and for no apparent reason. It can look like there's a lot of pain, even if there isn't. If you have found a reason for it, it's not called colic any more. When you find the reason, you deal with the reason; then the crying stops.
Dr. Morris Wessel: An infant with colic as "one who, otherwise healthy and well-fed, had paroxysms of irritability, fussing, or crying lasting for a total of three hours a day and occurring on more than three days in any one week for a period of three weeks. Do not overfeed avoid juices the baby try walking the baby some babies seem to be soothed by rhythmic, steady movements, like rocking gently or by sounds. Tlc.
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.See 2 more doctor answers
Yes: There are dozens of research papers published since the 80's and 90's, that demonstrate in some women that their diet may affect the baby adversely with colicky behavior. Lactose problems are very common, but a variety of agents have been implicated. Elimination diets are the best way to determine if there is a problem.See 2 more doctor answers
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!See 2 more doctor answers
No: Colic, once other things like gerd, or mil k protein intolerance have been ruled out, occurs between 3 weeks of age to generally about 3 months of age. If it lasts longer than that, then it probably isn't colic. Colic is an immature neurological system problem. Rhythmic soothing like rocking your baby is helpful.See 1 more doctor answer
Yes: 1. Read happiest baby on the block by harvey karp dm - learn the 5 s's 2. Consider removing dairy from your diet if bf or try nondairy formula 3. Consider probiotics (check with your pediatrician) 4. Use chamomile tea small amount (1/2 oz) 3x per day if helpful 5. Learn infant massage 6. Breathe.
No: I agree that most infants with colic symptoms have underlying conditions/circumstances that can explain some of the symptoms. However, given the agreed definition, and the studies that have been done using that definition, most studies have found no significant relationship to gender.See 2 more doctor answers
Possible: When children have gas pains, they cry a lot and swallow more air. That doesn't cause cough. If they spit up a lot, they can inhale some of the milk from the stomach and this can cause cough. The best treatment is to do extra burping (at least in the middle and the end of a feeding, if not more). If the child is hard to burp, try mylicon drops to make burping better and decrease swallowed air.See 1 more doctor answer
Colic: Colic is a word used for a fussy baby, however the interpretation of fussiness is different for each individual. By definition it is a screaming crying baby for at least six hours a day. There are certainly multiple causes including the things mom may be eating. But gerd can cause fussiness and multiple other things that potentially can be corrected. Talk with your pediatrician.See 2 more doctor answers