About Colic

True

  • Colic is treatable.
  • New mums find it hard to ask for help.
  • Colic is generally digestion or care based.
  • No little baby needs to cry the nights away.
  • Colic can deeply distress even the most patient mother.
  • A colicky baby can seriously affects a mums self confidence.

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  • Baby is just difficult no one can help.
  • Contented babies sleep through the night naturally.
  • Only bad mums find it hard to cope with a crying baby.
  • Babies often cry for no reason in the evenings it’s healthy.
  • If Mums finds it hard to cope, it must be post natal depression.
  • New Mums can cope naturally without experience or knowledge.
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Rise in Colic

The natural art of motherhood and craft of baby care are becoming increasingly elusive today with: the distance modern life puts between us and Mother Nature, the decline of extended families and smaller communities of the past and hence lack of baby care knowledge, experience and support, limited professional time and expertise available within today’s healthcare service and the rise in Allergies and Allergens within modern life. All of these play a part in the increasing numbers of babies suffering through Colic.

Causes

How many times do we hear people including doctors say ‘it’s just colic, you can’t do anything about it, baby will grow out of it in a few months, you’ll just have to cope. In fact there is a lot one can do to help. The most common causes of colic are care, feeding or digestion based. It is important to rule out any medical conditions including food allergies / intolerances and reflux or stomach acid imbalances. Consult a good doctor and listen to your maternal instincts. In our experience there is always a reason for a baby to be in distress for extended periods and therefore colic is treatable.

Symptoms

Colic usually sets in after the first few weeks of life and can last for anything up to 6 months. Babies suffer for extended periods usually in the evenings but sometimes for a large part of the day as well. The symptoms include excessive desperate crying while drawing legs up to the chest or arching the back in apparent pain or discomfort. Baby finds it hard to feed or sleep properly and needs to be held but fights you when you are trying to comfort them. Each baby’s symptoms are slightly different and this can guide us when assessing the cause of their distress and their individual care needs.

Effects

How colic affects a baby later in their life is hard to say but we do believe that the behaviour patterns which colicky babies develop can be hard to discourage, the label of a difficult baby can have a lasting effect on a child causing low self esteem later in life, try to avoid telling a child how tricky they were as a baby. Equally be aware of not neglecting siblings, talk to them, taking care to explain a colicky baby’s behaviour so they understand and don't feel jealous or resentful. Mothers of babies with colic often lose their self confidence and feel mentally, physically and emotionally drained which in turn can put a great strain on their relationship with their partners. Being able to successfully treat a colicky baby can help mothers to regain her self esteem.
Although colicky babies can be slightly more demanding throughout their early childhood they often also develop into especially affectionate, loving children.

Prevention

It is far easier to prevent the onset of colic with understanding and informed baby care than to treat it. Because colic in our experience is generally digestion/care based a daily care pattern which allows sufficient time between feeds and good periods of play (sitting up, wriggling around, lying baby on their fronts, help their digestive system to develop) and correct feeding techniques are really important right from the beginning along with good mother/baby bonding and calm, confident care. Understanding a baby’s developmental stages allows you to adapt their care to suit their changing care needs.

Treatment

There are a wide variety of treatments available which all claim to cure or treat colic.
Complementary therapies can offer fantastic aids in the treatment of infantile colic when they are used in conjunction with a personalised colic care plan. These include homeopathic, nutritional and herbal remedies, aromatherapy essential oils, cranial osteopathy, baby massage and yoga techniques. Commercial preparations like infacol can also be helpful. Colic needs to be treated with a specific care plan to suit each baby once their symptoms have been assessed.

Care

Caring for a colicky baby can be very hard and personally testing for even the most patient and experienced parents. When caring for a baby with colic it is important to remain calm and positive. Follow a care pattern to suit your individual baby’s needs and keep a diary to refer back to (this is an excellent way of seeing your progress which is not always easy to recognise without).Try to stay positive for example; if you are having to ‘bob’ around a lot while helping baby through indigestion think of this as a free workout to help you to keep fit.

Help

There is help available for parents caring for babies with colic ranging from private professional's services to free and voluntary help sites and organisations. There are many web sites with free advice pages and chat rms. Crysis is a charitable organisation which has trained advisors offering free advice over the phone. Lists of qualified homeopaths, aroma therapists, herbal/nutritional therapists and cranial osteopaths are available from their national registers. But it is always best to use someone who has been personally recommended to you.
Our services are unique in that we not only work closely with highly respected traditional medical professionals and complementary therapists but we have extensive hands on experience and knowledge specialising within the successful prevention, treatment and care of colicky babies. We are able to offer a range of services to suit each family’s individual requirements.
Don't be embarrassed to ask for help, 1 in 4 babies suffer from colic today and even the best parents find it hard to cope with a desperate, crying baby night after night.

Contact Details

Colic Care Services
Thornham, Romansleigh
Devon, EX36 4JS
Office: 01769 581259
Mobile: 07810 066388
Email: coliccare@aol.com