Doubt 8 out of 10 mommy even if they are not newbies is about how to relieve baby’s cramps. The truth is that not all babies have this problem , however, the vast majority do, they have problems regarding the adaptation of the stomach in the first months of life.
However, it is not always known how to deal with this situation, and it is important to emphasize that each baby will have in its passage through this adaptation, a way to demonstrate the cramps of the newborn to the mother.
This is a step-by-step to help moms and dads get around babies’ pains smoothly and without much mystery. When in doubt and persisting symptoms, the pediatrician should evaluate ok? Come on!
What is Colic?
Newborn colic is a side effect of the immaturity of the baby’s digestive system . Still in the womb the baby is able to swallow, digest and expel in the form of urine. However, when the stomach begins to receive milk, there may be an adaptation that is for everyone, different from each other.
Colic is nothing more than the accumulation of gases accumulated by improper processing of the ingested amniotic fluid , that is, the enzymes that absorb and process milk are unable to cope and cause an accumulation of gases that cause discomfort and pain in the baby.
The simple act of swallowing will also cause cramps. If the baby gets the breast wrongly, he will have problems with colic because he will swallow air, if he takes a bottle, he will also possibly have problems because he will swallow the air. However, we can conclude that colic is extremely common and totally natural at this stage of life.
How to diagnose colic?
Colic usually shows signs even in the first month of life. For some later, others earlier, but mostly around the 15th day of life . The baby starts to behave differently, tearfully and very irritated.
His sleep is no longer peaceful at certain times of the day, and his crying is more shrill and his movements quite different. He moves his arms and legs very hard, in addition to crying with a shaking chin (some signs that he is in pain).
Important: There are no specific times for the baby to feel colic, but the most recurring is that he has more frequently at night and falls in the afternoon, the coldest time of the day.
How Does Your Baby Feed?
First of all, it is important to know how this baby is feeding. The essential and indicated by the world health organization, is that the newborn is fed with breast milk , in addition to being ideal, it will cause less problems with colic.
But it may not always be this way, so there is the introduction of formulations designed for babies that several companies improve every day. The baby who feeds exclusively on the breast may have cramps as a result of several aspects:
External environment: The ambient temperature (cold) can have a consequence, colic. That is why it is important to avoid bathing the baby in open environments and leaving him cold (whitish hands or streaks of red).
Mommy feeding: What mommy eats can influence whether the baby feels colic or not. Therefore, it is indicated that she stops eating or drinking certain things during breastfeeding, such as: chocolate, milk, coffee, teas with caffeine, soft drinks, extremely acidic juices, stimulants, cabbage, beans, pepper, cauliflower and others.
There are many formulas on the market, the pediatrician will help you choose the best one. However, they are responsible for most cases of newborns with colic. This is because they are heavy and quite easy to cause constipation in the baby.
Constipation is one reason the newborn baby has colic. Newborns who take artificial milk will have their stools more hardened by the amount of dough in the formula, so they are more likely to have pain.
In this case, it is important to talk to the doctor to indicate a less heavy formula or that contains some type of additive to ease these constipations. A good tip is to avoid using bottle nipples that have large holes and always look for one that is appropriate to prevent the baby from drinking milk too quickly and swallowing air with it. The air, as stated earlier, will cause colic.
How to Relieve Baby Colic?
There are several ways to relieve your baby’s colic. Many of them passed down from generation to generation by mothers and grandparents:
Heated diapers and water bag : consists of ironing a diaper and putting warm on the baby’s belly. The heat will help to dissipate the accumulated gases. Heat a water bag until it is warm and place the baby face down on it.
It is possible to find seed bags, those that are taken to the microwave for 1 or 2 minutes, will leave the correct temperature for the baby’s delicate skin. It is important to always remember to check the temperature on the wrist and wrap a cloth (to reduce the temperature) before wrapping the baby in any of these forms of relief to avoid burns or other problems.
Abdominal and shantala massage: The famous bicycle or pressing the baby’s knee against the belly will help to make the gases come out naturally. It is important to know that the massage should be gentle, but at the same time firm, pressing the intestine against the leg to expel what is in excess and disturbing the baby. At Shantala you can use oils suitable for the baby or even a thin cloth, like a towel that will help to slide the leg or hands on the baby’s belly.
How to Relieve Baby Colic: Tea
Should I give my baby tea if he has colic? The function of tea is to calm the stomach and has been used extensively for many generations. However, today, we know that the baby who feeds exclusively on breast milk does not need tea, water or any other supplement.
On the other hand, tea will be indicated if the baby takes formula exclusively, but remember, it is up to the pediatrician to advise. Never give on your own , because although it is natural, it is not known how the child’s body will react. The most recommended tea by doctors are chamomile, fennel and fennel. Some cultures offer mint tea as an alternative for relief.
Newborn Baby Colic Remedies
There are some options on the market that are used freely without compromising breastfeeding or baby health; however, always remembering that the pediatrician is the best professional to prescribe ok?
ColicCalm: A popular product abroad that can only be purchased through specific importers and the manufacturer guarantees that it is completely natural. Its composition is: aloe and vera, fennel, chamomile, ginger, cumin, mint, lemon balm, blackthorn and charcoal. It costs around R $ 150.00.
Simethicone: Better known as Luftal, simethicone helps to dissipate the gas bubbles that have gathered in the stomach and intestine. The recommended dosage is one drop per kg of the baby. It costs around R $ 6.00.
Colikids: The formulation of Colikids is the basis of Lactobacillusreuteri, which will act on the baby’s body by balancing its prematurity naturally, with the insertion of lactobacillus to help the intestinal flora. It costs around R $ 45.00.
When colic is extreme, doctors will recommend the use of paracetamol and even some antispasmodic for the baby. They are indicated for cases where even with any resource used, it is possible to help alleviate the newborn’s suffering with colic. A good example that has been used frequently for some time is Dimetiliv. However, because it is an extremely potent MEDICINE with a propensity for side effects, a prescription is absolutely essential.
My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.
Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.