Colic is a bit of a mystery. Trying to understand why your baby is constantly cranky can be a huge challenge, especially when he’s healthy and well taken care of.
While the exact cause of colic is unknown, the following reasons are often why your baby won’t stop crying:
Undeveloped digestive system
A young baby’s digestive system isn’t fully developed and the time after feeding can cause discomfort. It is unable to breakdown and process food quickly, causing spasms and abdominal pain.
A baby’s digestive track is also immature to cope with gas by-product of digestion. Gas can get trapped and delay in passing it can be stressful for the baby, causing him to cry.
Take precautions when feeding your baby. Make sure you’re holding him in a position that allows the chin to be up so that he may suck, swallow, and breathe without gulping in air. Also look out for signs constipation and diarrhea and try to see if your baby adapts better to formula milk instead.
Hearing your baby cry at the worst possible moment can be really stressful for parents. Sound asleep one minute, shrieking at full volume the next, sometimes it almost feels like they’re crying for the sake of it. To test your patience. Just ‘cause.
Well as it turns out, sometimes they are. Sometimes babies are just moody and tend to cry for no apparent reason. Unlike crying to express hunger or a diaper change, often the cause of the crying is a moody baby. This is usually the most difficult reason to pick up as panic-stricken parents try to figure out what’s wrong.
Swaddling an oversensitive baby can help her feel secure in this new world. It is also possible that the baby is picking up the negative emotions you’re unconsciously expressing, so try to remain as calm and cheerful as you can when calming her down to help her feel comforted and safe.
Food allergies and intolerance can also be a reason for a colicky baby. Your baby’s gut might not be compatible with certain elements in the food it gets which might be causing him to cry. Sometimes, the ingredients in the baby milk powder you give your child may spark milk allergies. The baby might also be lactose intolerant and the current formula may not suit her.
Another possibility is that the trace elements passed through breast milk create reactions in the baby’s gut. A mother’s diet may affect her breastfed baby and this can be monitored by eliminating suspected food elements from her diet to see if it has an impact on the baby.
While determining the cause of colic can be difficult, it’s always safe to take precautions when it comes to your baby’s health. Using a nutrition-packed milk to supplement breastfeeding is one way to start. Visit our page for more tips and details on bottle feeding and best baby formula.