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Old and new ways to colic


Colic is a severe stomach ache that accompanies half of babies at various stages of development. Most often the problem occurs between 2 and 3 weeks of age and disappears by the time the baby is three or four months old. There are many ways to treat colic: more or less known, conventional and based on folk beliefs. Which ones are worth using? Decide for yourself. Here are ways to colic.

Adequate feeding and colic in an infant

Treatment of colic is most often about preventing stomach ache.

It is recommended to regularly feed and not overfeed the baby and take care of it (especially in the first weeks of life) so that the baby bounces (sometimes in an upright or lying position you should hold the baby for a dozen or even several dozen minutes. Patience, however, usually pays off).

Avoid situations where your baby is crying for a long time before giving food. A long cry, when a child swallows a lot of air, can end in a stomach ache.

Methods for colic: frequent wearing and hugging and colic

Babies who are often worn or cuddled have less stomach problems.

Infants who are cuddled and who are not spared tenderness are usually calmer and easier to cope with excess stimuli, which are considered an important cause of colic.

Methods for colic: dill tea and colic in a child

If you are breastfeeding, drink dill tea. If you give a mixture, give your baby a ready-to-drink infusion between feeding, which has the chance to have a diastolic effect and improve digestive system function.

Some believe that giving two teaspoons of water before feeding can reduce the risk of colic.

Methods for colic: medicines for baby colic

Over-the-counter remedies that use two active ingredients, simethicone and dimethicone, are available at the pharmacy. We have wide access to various brands: Espumisan, Esputicon, Infacol, Bobotic. Remedies from the pharmacy can help release excess gas. You can also take advantage of stronger funds (subject to medical prescription), for example, reach for Debridat.

It can also be helpful with spikes use of probiotics. Some research results (e.g. the study of Francesco Savino and colleagues from a children's hospital in Italy, in Turin published in the journal Pediatrics) indicate that the use of Lactobacillus reuteri may reduce the occurrence of colic in infants. Researchers do not know the exact effect of bacteria on the prevention of abdominal pain. They suggest that the cause may be accelerated bowel movement and a positive effect on immune responses.

Methods for colic: often on the tummy

A child who is often laid on his tummy suffers less from colic. In addition, when an attack occurs, it is worth laying the baby on his tummy or wearing a tummy on his forearm, which can bring quick relief.

Methods for colic: warm compresses and colic

A warm nappy wrap or hot water bottle can help with colic. For this purpose, you can also use a dryer, which additionally calms the baby with a slight noise. Another way is bathing, which helps relax tense muscles. A convenient way can also be to try MrB, a super toy, a Polish product that has a warming insert, ideal for a gentle tummy massage.

Ways to make colic: white noise

White noise can be a good way for colic: i.e. the uniform sound of a dryer, a vacuum cleaner. Many babies quickly calm down and fall asleep with him.

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