Baby colic is a disorder well known to young parents, even those who have never experienced it. Impressive, they cause sharp pains, of the intense crying and characteristic movements in newborns, not always easy to appease. If of course, doctors, pediatricians and other early childhood professionals are your best recourse to help him, here are some tips, tricks and good reflexes to relieve baby's colic.
Baby colic: what it is and why it hurts our babies
Infant colic is very similar to the colic you may suffer from after overeating, only their cause differs. Pain, gas and bloating cause in very young children big crying spells. If not everyone is affected, many small babies are confronted with colic.
The reason for these pains which we would do well is still relatively unknown. Doctors and specialists are divided between:
- L’immaturity of the digestive and nervous system babies,
- and gut microbiota less wealthy,
- the amount of air swallowed during the bottle,
- the fermentation of breast milk in the stomach andmom's diet for breastfed babies,
- possible food intolerances Cow's milk proteins for example...
Only one thing is certain, the pain caused is intense, enough to strain the nerves and hearts of the whole family.
Characteristic symptoms to spot
Impressive especially by their violence and because they are triggered very early in the child's life - sometimes from birth, most often around 3 weeks and up to around 4 or 5 months – infant colic is recognizable by the particular behavior it causes.
They usually occur at the end of the day and almost always, very soon after meals. Babe squirms in all directions and nervously bend the legs towards the belly.
Bloated, he suffers from gas which seem to relieve him for a short time. Shortly after kicking them out, the pain returns.
To express it, the infant cry and scream at the top of your lungs. Son flushed face is often flushed under the effect of tension and suffering. Even his sleep can be restless. He may wake up screaming. Often distraught – we understand them – parents do not always find a way to calm their baby.
But centuries of love and observation of children have still managed to give us some tips for relieving colic in babies.
5 steps to soothe colic pain in infants
Nothing is more difficult than seeing your child suffer without knowing what to do. In terms of colic, unfortunately, there is no miracle recipe. However, depending on the babies and the moment, certain gestures can soothe and even completely reduce the pain.
Quickly create a soothing atmosphere
As soon as the meal is over, if you notice that baby is showing signs of discomfort or pain, set up a zen and gentle atmosphere around you. Draw the curtains or lower the shutters, stream favorite lullaby of your baby and bring him his comforter or pacifier to comfort him.
Make your forearm a hammock to rock it
This is an amazing position often adopted by dads whose forearms seem made for it. To calm baby, lay him down, belly against forearm, the head in your hand and limbs extended on either side of the arm.
Accompanied by a light rocking or a regular movement through the house, this posture, by the pressure it exerts on the belly and the heat that accompanies it, often manages to soothe babies and not only in case of colic.
Massage her belly
Install baby comfortably. Lying on his changing table, on your bed or even on a thick carpet, he is facing you. With the flat of the hand, massage her little belly gently in a clockwise direction.
Be patient. The warmth of your skin and this circular movement reproducing the biological sense of transit, may have their effect. The effect is similar if you cross your child's legs and gently raise them towards the abdomen, again describing rounded movements.
These massages have the advantage of promote the evacuation of gases and therefore, to relieve the pain. For an even more pleasant contact, add a few drops of sweet almond oil.
Use the heat of a hot water bottle
This is a technique that works well, on different pains and at any age. In our opinion, the hot water bottle is one of the essentials to always have at home. Back pain, menstrual pain, fatigue and infant colic, it is effective for almost everything.
Be careful, however, to choose a baby hot water bottle and to offer it just lukewarm to avoid any risk of burning. In a hot water bottle, for example, simply run hot water without passing it through a kettle. Always check his temperature (as for the bottle) on your wrist or on your belly and only use a swaddled hot water bottle so that it does not come into direct contact with baby's skin.
Try the hug in a baby carrier
In a sling, slide baby in and try a skin to skin session to calm him down. If grandmothers talked about swaddling, the cocooning session replaced it with the same beneficial effects.
Against you baby listens to your heart, lets himself be rocked and reassured. In most cases, he ends up falling asleep for a moment of respite.
Watch his meals
One of the tracks to explain the appearance of colic in the baby is the air swallowed at the time of the bottle. Accumulated in too large quantities in the stomach, it would cause bloating and pain.
To avoid this problem, straighten a little baby in your arms at mealtime and use anti-colic teats. Elhée teats are for example equipped with a valve adapted to reduce the volume of air absorbed and facilitate digestion.
Who to turn to if baby's colic persists?
If despite your attempts and your good will, the situation does not improve quickly, do not hesitate to consult to find the best solution and relieve your baby.
Le pediatrician is your first recourse in the event of a health problem for the baby and even more so for the newborn. After ruling out the various possible causes of abdominal pain (pathology, reflux, etc.), he will be able to diagnose colic and provide a solution. A infant milk change or a homeopathy prescription can be part of it. A video published by La Maison des Maternelles in November 2020 also explains very well the positioning of this doctor, a specialist in baby health.
The Maternal and child protection (PMI) is also an excellent interlocutor, especially for reassure you and guide you in learning the best ways to comfort your baby. The childcare nurses, doctors and midwives (among others) who work there share their valuable experience with many babies.
The little extra of the osteopath!
At Elhée, we particularly like everything that is soft for babies. Round baby bottles, medical silicone, organic cotton nappies... Also, when it comes to finding a solution to the most heartbreaking cries of toddlers, we say yes! Of course, each baby is different, as are their feelings and those of their parents.
Thus, when in January we met Olivier Darmont, perinatal osteopath passionate about his profession, we were delighted to learn that his specialty could overcome many disorders in infants, young children and pregnant women. We also talked about it together in a video that I share with you here.
And yes, theosteopathy can help you relieve baby of his intestinal pain working on the ttension and blockages in the body, especially in the intestines and pelvis.
And since osteopathy is a natural, non-invasive medical discipline based on gentle manipulative techniques, it's safe to try. Many parents have noticed a real improvement in their baby almost immediately, in the days following the first consultation.