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How to manage colic in babies

Crying is a common occurrence in babies because it is how they convey their distress and draw their parents' attention to their needs. However, if you find your baby sobbing uncontrollably for no apparent cause, you should pay attention because he could be suffering from colic.

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Colic is a condition in which the motility of the intestines is greatly increased, causing cramps, pain, and indigestion. If your infant is under the age of six months and experiences crying fits that last three or more hours, three or more days a week, and for three or more weeks at a time, he or she may be suffering from colic. It normally emerges two to three weeks after your baby's birth and goes away by the time he or she is three to four months old.

Here are ways to treat colic in babies

1 Probiotic

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Probiotics or healthy bacteria are important for your baby's intestines because they help with digesting. Your doctor may recommend an extra dose of probiotics to alleviate any tummy discomfort your baby is experiencing. The additional dose might be delivered via formula milk or even breast milk.

2 Body Massage

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 Oil massages have been shown to be particularly effective in the treatment of colic pain in infants. Massage improves digestion while also preventing gas build up. You can massage with essential oils like olive, almond, or baby massage oil.

3 Warm Compressions 

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Warm compresses are highly effective in relieving colic symptoms. You can use a soft cloth that has been soaked in warm water, remove any excess water and gently massage your baby's abdomen with a warm towel in circular motions. Repeat the procedure twice a day.

4 Burp your baby after feeding

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Burping your kid after each feeding session is important. While nursing, babies inhale a lot of air, and this trapped air causes severe stomach pain. Place your baby in an upright position and softly rub his back and tummy after each meal to avoid this.

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