All babies cry. It’s their way of telling you if they are wet, sleepy, or hungry.
So how do you find out if your baby is colicky?
What’s a Colicky Baby?
It becomes a matter of concern when your newborn baby cries a lot. However, it shouldn’t be that surprising because babies can apparently cry for up to two hours a day until they turn about three months old.
So crying alone can’ determine whether or not your baby is colicky. If he/she is, there will be more signs and symptoms. Technically, colic means severe abdominal pain but it can also be taken to refer to an extremely fussy baby.
If your baby has colic, you may see notice the following symptoms:
- Excessive crying for no reason: Even after you’ve fed the baby, changed the diaper, and done everything else, the baby wouldn’t stop crying.
- Your baby suddenly starts crying at the same time every day.
- You can hear an intense cry, which is different from normal.
- There’s nothing you can do to soothe your baby.
Other more prominent symptoms include:
- Clenching the fist while crying.
- Bloated stomach.
- Bending the arms or legs towards the belly when crying.
- Too much passing of gas while crying.
- Have a flushed face while crying.
- Tightened stomach muscles.
It is best to visit a doctor to find out if your baby is actually colic and get those symptoms treated. While being colicky isn’t dangerous for physical health, it could have an adverse affect on your mental health to see your baby cry all the time.
Before you plan your visit to the hospital, prepare yourself to answer the following questions:
- When does your baby cry and for how long?
- Is the cry loud, high-pitched and intense?
- What exactly makes your baby fussy?
- What are you feeding your baby?
- What do you do to calm your baby down?
- When does your baby poop and what does the stool look like?
After taking a brief history, the doctor will examine your baby to check for other reasons that is causing the fussiness, for instance:
- Sensitivities related to diet or certain food allergies
- Weakness or hunger
- Pain from an injury or illness
Don’t wait too long to see a doctor.
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