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Baby colic - stomach ache or excess sensation?
Traditionally, baby colic is used to describe recurrent abdominal pain in a small child, usually for babies under 3 months of age. Children usually experience a collection between the 3rd day of life and the 3rd week of life for the first time. Up to 40% of babies suffer from colic. The ailment disappears on its own, leaving no health problems behind. Colic, according to some scientists, is the result of the immaturity of the digestive system. Her feeding is also affected by incorrect feeding techniques. To this day, all the causes that affect the occurrence of a child's collection are not known.
Colic have cyclical, paroxysmal nature, most often occur in the afternoon and evening hours and last about 3 hours. They start suddenly. The child is crying and the parent has a big problem to calm the baby down.
A characteristic symptom of colic in a child is body stretching, flexing, which aims to remove excess gas accumulated in the digestive system. The tummy is hard and tight. The toddler performs a characteristic movement of straightening and bending the legs.
We can only talk about spikes if crying attacks occur at least three times a week. Each episode of difficult-to-calm crying is to last a minimum of 3 hours.
There are also theories that colic is not a problem in the digestive system, but primarily the nervous system. It is to connect not with the excess of accumulated gases in the intestines, but with the excess of stimuli that the infant cannot cope with. Such colic theory, for obvious reasons, excludes the effectiveness of colic droplets.
Do the colic droplets work?
Whether the colic droplets have a chance to work depends on many aspects. First of all, from the cause of the problems.These may result from milk intolerance, i.e. certain proteins or sugars present in it.
The available droplets for colic are really preparations for flatulence help to relax the intestines and remove accumulated gases. Some contain probiotic bacteria that allow you to take care of the proper intestinal bacterial flora.
In many forums for parents you can read a lot of flattering opinions about one or the other droplets for colic. It is worth writing clearly that some of them are the result thriving word of mouth marketing. They do not come from people who have actually tried a given preparation, but from those who are paid by someone to praise a given product. That is why it is very difficult to assess the actual chances of effectiveness of a given preparation before buying it.
The most popular colic droplets today are Espumisan, Esputicon, Bobotic, and the legendary German Sab Simplex - not available in Poland, but promoted on Internet forums. All these colic droplets have the same active substance - simeticon. This ingredient is not a colic medicine. Is to help with bloating.
If not droplets on colic then what?
There are natural proven methods for colic:
- warm tummy wraps,
- massaging the baby,
- dryer noise
Baby colic treated or untreated - passes. There are currently no proven methods for colic. Available preparations can help in the case of bloating, and it is not always difficult to calm a child's cry is associated with the accumulation of gases in the intestines.