Colic is a condition that happens to a baby, where they can cry uncontrollably. This situation usually happens to a new born baby around the age of 1 month. This symptom can appear suddenly and can also disappear suddenly. Usually this symptom will disappear when the baby is 4 month old. Although colic mostly do not affect your baby health but it can affect the family, especially for parents and the infant themselves psychologically such as stress and fatigue in emotionally and physically.
Crying is the only communication method that the babies know. With crying the baby will tell their parent that there is something wrong that is bothering them and make them uncomfortable. But in colic even you have applying all the solution that you can think of to calm the baby down, the baby is still relentlessly crying.
Until this day the major reason that causing colic on babies is still unknown. But many researches have shown that there are some factors that can cause colic condition on babies such as;
Gas accumulation. The accumulated gas will cause bloating for the baby and causing them uncomfortable. The gas can come from unhealthy air condition in the baby environment such as smokers or polluted air, and bottle fed baby where the air can come from the bottle teat. Therefore it is important to always burp the baby after feeding them to release the air inside the baby stomach. There are also some medical treatments to dealing the air inside the baby stomach, but you must consult it with your pediatrician to do this.
Lactose intolerant for the bottle fed babies. This happen because the baby digestion system is still very simple, therefore some baby cannot digest the baby milk formula and causing allergy for the baby milk formula. You need to switch your baby milk formula that has hypo allergenic formula for your baby if your regular baby milk formula causing colic for your baby.
Stress. While in their mother wombs, the baby often experienced many stimuli from their mother environment such as sound, movement and vibration. But after the baby is born, they become less experience these stimuli. For some reason this quite and calm condition can make some babies feel uncomfortable and make them stress. For this you can use many methods such as rocking or swinging the baby, using low sound or vibration from your house appliances, or humming when putting them to sleep.
Each baby may need different solution in to solve their colic condition. You can try many methods to find the right one for your baby. Try to discuss it with your family, friends or other mothers that have experience in handling baby colic or your pediatricians.