A colicky baby is described as inconsolable crying that lasts for more than three hours, starting the second week of life.
Over 40 years ago, Dr. Morris Wessel did a study on infants to better understand why they experienced colic. His study was followed by other research conducted in order to find a definitive explanation for these types of episodes. According to the American Pregnancy Association, some of the most common causes of this condition include:
- Immature nervous system.
- Breastfed babies may be bothered by foods in their mothers’ diets.
- Bottle-fed babies may be intolerant of certain proteins in their formula.
- Overfeeding the infant or feeding too quickly.
- Intestinal gas (resulting from swallowing too much air).
- Not burping after a feeding or incorrect positioning after a feeding.
- A low birth weight baby.
- Acid reflux.
Some ways to treat this discomfort include placing a warm water bottle on the baby’s stomach, gently rubbing its stomach, laying the baby on its tummy over the mother’s lap or holding it in an upright position. If the baby continues to not get relief, however, it is important to see your pediatrician.