Treating Colic With Technology
What is colic?
Babies cry, we know this. For most babies, crying comes for a reason that you can usually determine somewhat easily – they are hungry, dirty, sleepy, in pain, or in need of attention. Colic is a different kind of crying.
For those parents who are struggling with a colicky baby, the hours of crying can leave them feeling frustrated and desperate for answers and solutions. It's always hard to see your baby unhappy, and when it is going on for hours each day you can begin to worry. Understanding the causes – and finding solutions – can help.
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What are the signs of colic?
Colic is defined as ‘persistent crying in babies that follows what can be called “the rule of three.” This means that a well-fed and otherwise healthy baby cries for more than 3 hours a day, 3 days per week, for at least three weeks. Somewhere between 5% and 25% of babies have colic according to this definition.'
The average amount of crying for babies without colic is 2.2 hours a day during the first three months of life, peaking around 6 weeks old. After this point crying will occur progressively less until around 4 months of age. However with colic the crying may begin as early as 2 weeks of age and continue until around 4 months of age.
The difference between colic and normal crying is the length of time the baby cries, as well as the difficulty in soothing him or her. Babies with colic are often described as having higher-pitched cries, red faces, hands in fists, and knees pulled up into the chest. Some babies with colic arch their backs while crying and may pass gas.
What causes colic?
According to the American Pregnancy Association, there are many factors that may increase the chances of colic or cause colic. Some of these are things that can't be adjusted, or that have to be given time to adapt, like an immature nervous system or a low birth weight baby. But there are a few reasons that can be addressed, in particular:
- Intestinal gas (resulting from too much air swallowed […])
- Not burping after a feeding or incorrect positioning after a feeding
How can we treat colic?
Anti-colic bottles, like the Advanced Anti-Colic Bottle from Tommee Tippee, have a mechanism that reduces the amount of air that a baby can swallow during a feeding. Too much air swallowed can build up in the tummy and create uncomfortable pressure and gas.
To combat this issue, this baby bottle features a 3 piece anti-colic technology to draw air away from the milk. In addition to this anti-colic technology, the bottle has a wide nipple for easy latching and heat sensing technology that turns the straw pink if the contents of the bottle are too warm. By addressing the issue of air intake, the abdominal discomfort and gas pains can be reduced, making for a happier baby. According to 210 parents who tried the Advanced Anti-Colic bottle, 80% felt it reduced the symptoms of colic.
For those parents who are struggling to comfort and console a colicky baby, anything that helps to relieve the symptoms of colic is a good thing. While there may not be a single answer that eliminates the crying, using this new technology is one step that may help to soothe those colicky cries and help you and your little one move past this stage.