It is normal for babies to cry aloud especially when they first come to life but some cry at odd hours even if they have every good care and all the good things of life. If your baby is in this type of situation, you can share in the experience of one of the parents below and how the situation is contained :
All babies cry. Most babies cry a lot. Some babies are more easily comforted, others can routinely work themselves into a frenzy. Of course it sends your heart racing. That’s Mother Nature’s way of insuring that the human race survives.
“She cries a lot. How do I know if this is colic?”
Colic is traditionally defined as 3 hours or more of daily crying, at least three times a week. 20% of babies are officially diagnosed with colic. But you could think of colic as simply crying that goes on and on and does not seem to have a cause.
It probably doesn’t matter if it’s actually colic, unless when your baby’s crying gets almost unbearable, it helps you to remember that there’s nothing wrong with you or him; it’s just colic. Whether it’s actually colic, or just lots of crying, it is always stressful, and it helps to know that it’s normal, it won’t last more than 3 months, and you will eventually have a perfectly cheerful baby.
“What causes all this crying?”
I’m assuming you’ve eliminated the obvious causes — i.e., the baby has been fed and burped and changed, and you’ve picked her up and moved around jiggling her, but the crying has continued. If you haven’t tried all this, start there.
The truth is that we don’t know what causes colic. There may be differing contributing causes for different babies, such as sensitivity to formula, food allergies, or gastrointestinal upset.
In one study of colicky babies, when the moms stopped drinking cow’s milk, half the babies’ colic vanished. The other half, unfortunately, kept crying.
One easy thing to try that helps many irritable babies is to cut down on the foremilk they’re eating. You do this by pumping a little milk, throwing it away, and then nursing your baby. That’s because the initial milk — the foremilk — that comes out when the baby begins nursing is especially rich. Some moms make a lot of it, and some babies have such delicate digestion that it irritates them. By skipping some of the foremilk, the baby can digest the milk better, and for many babies, their crying stops.
Another miracle cure for colic was reported in the January 2007 issue of Pediatrics. The researchers had a 95% success rate by giving babies probiotics AND eliminating cow’s milk. They gave colicy babies who were breastfeeding 5 drops daily of beneficial gut bacteria (the probiotic L. reuteri). All the moms were asked to eliminate cows milk from their diet. 95% of the probiotic babies improved, as opposed to only 7 percent of the control babies, with crying improving somewhat in the first week and dramatically within a month. If this study is repeated with the same results by other researchers, probiotics will soon be prescribed as the cure for colic. In the meantime, any parent with a colicky baby will probably want to conduct their own private experiment to see if it works on their baby.
The other recent theory that’s popular with doctors is that colic results from an immature brain and nervous system and is the baby’s way of releasing tension.
Newborns are used to being tightly held in a dark, muffled, soothing environment which often lulls them with rhythmic motion as their mother walks. They must be dazzled and overwhelmed by the feast for the senses that greets them with every new day in the world. Their brains and nervous systems need time to mature so they can handle all the stimulation we take for granted.
“He didn’t cry much for the first couple of weeks, but now he cries every evening for a few hours!”
This is very common. As babies become more aware of their surroundings, and stay awake for longer periods during the day, they cry more. It may be that the beneficial bacteria that was in her gut from your body is now gone, or that as babies get more and more stimulated all day, and by evening, have no other way to relieve their anxiety. In any case, the result is the behavior we call colic: crying for many hours, often late into the night.