Baby Colic: Common symptoms to look out for
Fact-checked by MFine | Last Updated : November 5th, 2019
If your baby is feeling greatly disturbed and uncomfortable, you’d be the first one to know. Here are some symptoms for colic in babies, with easy r...
Does your newborn cry a lot? Most times, crying shouldn’t be a cause for concern among new parents. It is normal for a newborn baby to cry for up to 2 hours in a day. Crying is the only way of communication for babies for the first few months of their lives. Babies cry for different reasons; they might be hungry, feeling cold or need a diaper change. If your baby is crying even after being fed, cleaned up or doing it more than usual, it might be a symptom of baby colic. Also read our blog on The 6 Best Indian Home Remedies for Teething Toddlers
What is baby colic?Colic is an abdominal pain in infants which manifests suddenly and lasts for long periods of time. 1 in 5 newborns are estimated to be affected with this pain during their initial months. Colic pain is usually said to occur during the evenings and is often followed into the night. It starts within two or three weeks of birth and stops by the third month, but in some cases, it might last longer. An infant is often inconsolable during an episode of colic which can cause distress for the baby and parents alike.
Symptoms of baby colicThe following are some common symptoms seen in babies affected by colic:
1. Crying without any reason:If your baby is crying even after being well fed, cared for and cleaned, it might be one of the first signs of colic.
2. Bloated stomach:Infants can have bloated stomachs due to gas but if it persists, it might be another indication of colic.
3. Disturbed sleep:Babies typically sleep in 2-3 hour windows till about 5-6 months, when they sleep for 6-8 hrs at a stretch. Newborns sleep for up to 17 hours a day during the first few months. Any changes to this sleeping routine can be a symptom of colic. If your baby is sleeping for an unusually long time, this can also be a sign.
4. Posture:Fists tightly clenched, an arched back and tight abdomen are some of the indications with respect to posture in babies suffering from colic.
5. Pointing towards the belly:Bending hands and legs towards the belly is another indication of pain by an infant.
6. Weakness:If your baby is unusually weak or doesn’t suck strongly, this can be considered as a sign.
Symptoms of colic in breastfed babies:
- When a baby is breastfed it is common for the infant to gulp in air along with milk which tends to cause gas and pain in the stomach for babies. This is one of the common symptoms of colic in breastfed babies.
- An imbalance in foremilk and hindmilk can cause discomfort and pain to an infant. When there is an oversupply of breastmilk, an infant tends to fill the stomach with foremilk which is thinner and not as creamy as the hindmilk. When this happens, your baby tends to have excess gas and loose bowels.
- The mother’s diet is very essential for the child because the food intake of the mother is directly related to the breast milk which the child is fed. In many cases, the infants might be allergic to certain types of food which, if eaten by the mother, tends to affect the infant. A common allergy is milk and dairy products consumed by the mother which often leads to colic in the baby.