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Vlada Korol: Poor Baby – Make Those Colics Go Away!

Your brand new baby arrives home, the whole family is overjoyed and exhausted simultaneously. All these things to worry about at the same time, and oh so many sleepless nights. Within the first few weeks, things slowly start to fall into routine, the baby develops an eating and sleeping schedule, and there is now a visible pattern every 2 to 3 hours. All of a sudden you notice, towards the evening, the little bundle of joy goes into crying battles. The baby is bending the legs up to his/ her stomach, crying loudly, non-stop, and it not even his dinner time, also the diapers are completely dry! What is making this sweet, little baby so upset?

“Baby colic is defined as episodes of crying for more than three hours a day for more than three days a week for three weeks in an otherwise healthy child between the ages of two weeks and four months.” (1)  It is absolutely unknown what causes this discomfort and crying, and luckily, only a very few babies have a an underlying cause for colic.

“Colic is present in between 5 and 25% of infants.” It can be treated with traditional and alternative medicine, and it usually disappears by the time the baby is 3-4 months old, without any further issues. (2)  The continuous crying is very stressful for the baby and for everyone at home, take action, be patient, and be assured, the colics will go away!

Which Symptoms can colics present with?

  • pulling up legs to the stomach
  • a flushed face
  • clenched hands
  • wrinkled brows
  • high pitched/ piercing cry

After ruling out any serious problems, how do we treat colic? (2)

  • Make sure, not to mistake a colicy cry with a hunger cry, overfeeding the baby can cause more stomach irritability.  Do not overfeed!
  • Breastfeeding mothers should stay away from dairy products, caffeine, onions, cabbage, beans, broccoli, and other gas-producing, irritating foods.
  • For formula fed babies, try changing to a formula containing whey hydrolysate (such as Good Start) or try a low- allergy formula (such as Nutramigen, Alimentum, or Pregestimil).
  • Take a breather, colics can go on for hours, try to alternate with someone watching the baby, because your stress level can escalate way up.
  • Hold the baby with his/ her stomach cuddled towards your chest, the warmth of your body can help relax theirs, and calm the colics
  • Try soothing the baby by gently massaging the stomach area
  • Go for a ride in a stroller, car, or use the baby swing
  • Swaddling

Which products are reccomended at Kedvon Pharmacy for baby colics or issues contributing to colics?

1. Weleda Baby Tummy Oil – a Calendula based oil used to rub gently on the babies tummy. The oil warms up the tummy and relaxes the muscles. This approach is recommended if the parents who want to try a product which doesn’t have to be ingested and the colics are light in nature.

2. Mommy’s Bliss® Gripe Water – is a safe, effective, all natural, liquid, herbal supplement. The main ingredients are ginger and fennel. This mixture is used “to ease gas and stomach discomfort often associated with colic, gas, hiccups and teething. Our gentle and effective liquid formula is the #1 selling natural remedy for colic and gas.” (3) This is a good choice for a colic remedy, where the parents prefer a natural product. I would recommend to use Gripe water first, prior to trying medication. This product is a favorite of mine, I had great experience using it for my children, and I have heard positive feedback from numerous patients.

3. Mylicon/ Simethicone infant gas drops – these are medicated drops that work by breaking up the gas bubbles in the baby’s tummy. They are very effective for gas related issues, but are not meant specifically for colics. If gas is the major issue that is contributing to your baby’s colics and fussiness, Mylicon/ Simethicone can be given directly to the baby, or added to either breast milk or formula. Make sure to follow all dosing directions on the packaging.

4. Primadophillus Children’s Powder Probiotics – there have been recent discussions about using probiotics. The Probiotics can be beneficial if there is an imbalance, such as diarrhea. Giving probiotics can replenish the good bacteria in the intestines to achieve balance. I would not give probiotics just for colics, but if there is an issue of diarrhea, it may be a good choice to add to the regimen. Primadopphillus powder is a great product, it is approved to use in infants, can be added to breast milk or formula, make sure to store in the refrigerator, and follow dosing directions.

Be attentive to your babies symptoms, if you notice the baby is bending his legs towards the stomach, that can be a sign of stomach discomfort and gas, infant gas drops can help. If you notice the baby arching his/ her back upwards, that can mean acid reflux/ heart burn. If that occurs consult your pediatrician and they can prescribe an antacid, for example Axid.  There is also a popular European over-the-counter product called Smekta.  It is a powder formulation for heartburn or acid reflux.

Kedvon Pharmacy is here to help you with all your family health needs from colicy babies to concerned parents! Call us with any questions at Kedvon Pharmacy Wheeling: (847) 459 – 0001

Sources:

(1). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baby_colic

(2). http://www.medicinenet.com/colic/page2.htm

(3). http://www.mommysbliss.com/store/products/gripe-water/

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