Babies need to cry. It’s one of the few ways they communicate with us. And some say crying helps exercise babies’ lungs. Thus, it’s normal when babies often cry. Imagine if babies are not able to cry and they need something from us. How do we know they’re starving or in pain?
But it’s a different matter when a baby cries straight for hours at certain times every day. It’s alarming when the prolonged crying shows a pattern. Your baby may be colic. Is that bad? Well, yes, because obviously your baby is terribly uncomfortable and you probably can’t stand watching your baby crying in pain and not knowing what to do.
But how do you make sure your baby is indeed colic? Basically, here are signs of a colic baby to watch out for:
- Does your baby cry straight for two to three hours a day?
- Does the crying go on for 3 days a week, if not every day?
- Does it go on for 3 weeks or more?
If you answer yes to all the above, your baby may be colic. You should take your baby to a pediatrician right away for confirmation and proper treatment. Colic is often due to some digestion problems–like lactose intolerance; sometimes even more. Is it life threatening? Often, it is not, but who can bear seeing a baby suffer for hours every day? And actually, only medical experts can tell if it’s already life threatening or not.
Here are other signs of a colic baby to watch out for:
- Crying patterns. Sometimes, it’s curious how the baby would cry at a certain time of the day and cry for long hours then. Before that time frame, the baby is okay, happy and even playful. And then when the clock strikes at the fateful hour, the suffering begins. It’s like how Cinderella could enjoy the dance party until the clock struck twelve midnight.
- Inconsolable crying. It seems impossible to pacify the baby. And the crying drives you mad because the baby seems to be in terrible pain. Sometimes, the baby starts crying for no apparent reason, except that the usual hour of crying has come.
- Notable body behaviors. Sometimes during crying, babies with colic would clench their fists, arch their back, or recoil when touched. Nothing can comfort the baby during the colic attack, but then right after, the baby calms down and plays normally again or sleeps soundly.
Sometimes, moms and dads tend to self-diagnose conditions like this and conclude that it’s probably just tantrums or an unseen insect or bed bug that stung the baby. But happening in a pattern and daily at that? The situation, no doubt, calls for professional help.