Posted: 12/12/2012 at 14:43
Babies suffer from colic between the ages of 2-4 weeks of age to around 4 months of age. Colic most commonly occurs in the late afternoon and evening when your baby may cry out in pain, draw her knees up to her chest and go red in the face. Her tummy may be swollen or bloated as if she's swallowed a lot of air, and she might pass wind more than usual.
Colic is usually recognised by bouts of inconsolable crying, often for hours at a time, for no specific reason - i.e. your baby is not hungry, overtired, needs a nappy change or has a raised temperature and can be extremely tiring for both parents.
The most likely explanation for colic may be the build-up of trapped wind in your baby's bowel causing pain and discomfort in these early months due to the immature digestive system of your new-born.
Anti-colic massage techniques about an hour after a feed can help, combined with regular winding techniques throughout & after the feed. Also try keeping your baby upright for about an hour after the feed to help aid digestion.
Some mums find using a simeticone based product such as Infacol prior to the feed can also help alleviate symptoms. Other tips are ‘white noise’ such as the humming of a washing machine or a drive in the car which can help to settle babies in some cases!
Also always ensure there is milk in the teat and that you wind your baby regularly!
Hope that helps!