Colic in babies: what to do?

The baby’s first months are very delicate and, therefore, they can be accompanied by several common discomforts, such as intestinal colic. This problem affects up to 75% of babies under 3 months of age, and when not properly treated it can cause a lot of pain for the newborn.

What to do?

High-pitched crying, a reddened face and a hard stomach are common symptoms. Because of this, some precautions can be taken to try to reduce the discomfort, when its cause is linked to the trapped intestine:

  • Keeping the baby’s tummy warm is very important: a bag of warm water can be placed in the area, but care is needed. The material must not touch the child’s skin directly and not be too hot;
  • Try to massage the baby’s belly with a little oil, and in circular motifs. In addition to releasing gases, it can also help to calm the child;
  • Exercising with the baby’s legs and taking them to the abdomen can also stimulate the outflow of gases and thus lessen the pain.

During times of colic, it is best to avoid breastfeeding. Sucking can cause intestinal contractions, aggravating the problem.

The visit to the doctor

When colic becomes constant, it is important to visit the pediatrician. The professional will be able to evaluate the case and indicate the best form of treatment.