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Something that I regretfully remember was the helplessness that my husband and I felt to comfort our son in his first months of life. When evening comes, my little dr spent hours crying (almost screaming), and nothing seemed to reassure him: no songs, no hugs, no warm baths, no massages, nothing ...
I do not know if there is something that causes more despair to parents, than feeling useless at the time of providing comfort and tranquility to their little one. So, Perhaps these tips on what to do when your child has colic can help.
Many times, the so-called infant colic does not have a specific cause and therefore avoiding them is quite difficult. It is believed to be due to the accumulation of gases in the baby's belly, due to its natural predisposition, immaturity of the digestive system, to the mother's diet, allergies, indulgence, poor position when breastfeeding or giving the bottle, etc.
Surely, if your baby has colic, howls disconsolately, even for hours (showing pain), he moves his arms and legs desperately, he tends to have a hard and swollen belly, especially in the evening hours, he is nervous and not very receptive to play or affection. The situation is difficult because the nerve with which they cry and their altered breathing, cause them to swallow even more air, but we do not have to despair, as we observe the baby we can experiment and know what provides some comfort.
To my little one, for example, it made him very nervous that there were external stimuli: visits, television, bright lights, etc. And, oddly enough, she couldn't bear our wanting to give her a tummy massage or a warm, relaxing bath. The only thing that comforted him was feeling warmth in his gut and being held in a tremendous bear hug. As general measures to combat colic in babies we should try:
1. If they breastfeed: avoid eating certain foods that are flatulent Like cabbages and legumes, it is also advisable to temporarily eliminate dairy products, nuts or stimulant drinks with caffeine. We must also maintain a correct position to breastfeed and always make them burp after each breast (even if they are sleepy).
2. If they take a bottle: take into account the size of the hole and the shape of the nipple so they do not swallow air (there are anti-colic bottles and nipples). Avoid excessive or fast feeding. We can also try a different milk formula (your pediatrician will be able to advise you).
3. Your pediatrician may prescribe some medication such as simethicone or recommend fennel and chamomile infusions to prevent or relieve gas.
4. Provide the baby with a calm and warm environment. Massages and exercises how to lift their little legs pressing lightly on the abdomen with the knees can facilitate the expulsion of gases.
5. Hug, cuddle, or lightly press on their tummy By using the aviator position, you can provide relief and reassurance.
6. Despite abdominal pain, babies eat and gain weight normally, many times they eat excessively because suction calms them down and digestion can be altered. Offer the pacifier, if the child wants to take frequent feedings, not out of hunger, but to relax.
Patro Gabaldon. Guiainfantil.com
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