It is normal for newborns to experience colic and abdominal pain, causing them to cry for several consecutive hours, generally at the same time every day.
Colic may be related to the child’s feeding habits, how they are held, the excessive consumption of food or the use of a pacifier.
This condition causes discomfort that seems to increase about six weeks after the child is born, which then decreases at around four months.
According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, the symptoms that your child’s crying is actually due to colic include a swollen abdomen, fisted hands and if they bring their legs to their chest.
It is important to point out that “painful pooping” is not caused by colic and is a normal process of the baby’s development called infant dyschezia, which normally improves as they grow.
Options to help prevent colic in babies include:
- Only using breastmilk to feed the baby during the first 6 months of life, as formula may cause more gas.
- Avoid feeding the baby in a horizontal position. The recommendation is for babies to sit in a semi-seated position when they are fed.
- Keep the bottle upright when feeding so that the baby does not swallow air.
- Burp the baby after a feeding.
- Mothers do not have to change their diets. As long as they maintain a varied and balanced diet, it should not affect the child’s health.
- Do not overfeed a baby or feed them too much. With a bottle, it should take about 20 minutes to feed a baby.
- If the child is sensitive to the proteins in the milk, talk with a doctor to find a more adequate option.