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We're not sure why some babies have colic. Recently researchers have looked at factors that increase your baby's risk of colic. Perhaps one day it can be prevented altogether.
Colic is one of the mysteries of nature. Nobody knows what it really is, but everyone has an opinion. In the typical situation, the baby starts to have crying periods about two to three weeks after birth. These occur mainly in the evening, and finally stop when the baby is about three months of age...
It makes your skin sweat, your blood pressure climb, and causes great frustration when nothing you do seems to calm them. No wonder, when caring for a crying newborn we've muttered to ourselves, "Why couldn't they just come with a crying off-switch?" Well, perhaps they do and we just overlooked it!
I should have known right away that my son would be different from the rest. While he was in me, he never had a "schedule" like you hear about. He woke, slept and kicked whenever the heck he felt like it. My kicks were never joyous occasions; they were reasons to close my eyes and practice Lamaze breathing.
by Arindam Chattopadhyaya
Babies, too, like a massage, and it helps them to relax, sleep better, and sometimes, digest their food. Strokes that are used to massage an adult can be used on babies. You need to learn by practice what your child enjoys most.
Some points to remember while massaging your baby:
- He/she will not stay still for long periods of time
- The strokes will have to be gentle, and smaller to adapt to the baby's body
- Depending on the age, the child can be placed in your lap or on a floor towel during the massage
You may have heard the term colic applied to any baby who cries a great deal. Not all crying babies have colic, but all colicky babies cry and they cry hard. They may stiffen their little bodies, or curl up as if in pain.
A baby only has one way of communicating -- crying. Everything is incredibly new to them, every feeling, every experience. Sometimes, for a new parent, it can be very difficult to work out exactly what your baby is crying about.
Many parents ask if they should pick up their crying baby, concerned that they will spoil the baby if they do. My simple answer is "Yes, pick up and attend to your crying baby". By being responsive to her/his crying, you are letting your baby know that she/he is loved and cared for and that will give her/him security.
Almost all babies develop a fussy period. The timing varies, but it usually begins at about three weeks of age and peaks somewhere between four and six weeks of age. For most infants the most intense fussiness is in the evening.