My baby was alright earlier but now she keeps crying since she turned 3 week old. Crying just doesn’t stop and sometimes go on and on, for more than three hours at a stretch. I feel so helpless, nothing seems to work. This keeps happening now and then, at least 3 days during the week. It has been almost 3 weeks, my baby is suffering.
Welcome to the world of colicky babies!!
“Are we bad parents? Not doing enough to soothe our baby. Is something terribly wrong with our baby?”
You must be pondering over these thoughts again and again. Relax, you are not alone in this kind of situation. Be assured, it is not your fault. There are some well researched theories to explain the reason behind babies’ colicky behaviour. I will like to list them here.
- Newborn babies sleep like, there is nothing happening around them in the world. Ability to sleep so peacefully disappears by the end of first month, as the babies evolve or grow to be able to sense their environment. Some infants get overwhelmed by all these new sensations through the day and as a result they cry to release that built up stress in evening.
- Digestive system takes a while to evolve into a mature one in newborns. Babies can’t digest the food completely. As a result, they pass frequent stools and suffer from pain by gas built in intestines.
- Lactose intolerance or allergy to milk protein in formula fed babies can be one of the reason. Breastfeeding mother’s diet can also cause allergic symptoms in newborns. So, it is advisable to keep the track of mother’s food and baby’s colic behaviour.
- Babies can also have acid reflux as a result of stomach acid flowing back up into the throat and mouth. They keep spitting up, have less appetite and are irritable. Gastroesophageal Reflux disease is cured on its own as the baby grows.
All babies are different. Different things may bother them at varied degrees. Closely observe your baby to know the key reason behind her colicky behaviour and design your own therapy based on that observation. Read more in my next article, about the tips to help your baby in a right way.