Colics remain an unsolved mystery. In an attempt to formulate a single definition for colics, they are described as:
The behavior of a healthy newborn or baby who displays intense crying that lasts:
- more than 3 hours a day
- more than 3 days a week
- more than 3 weeks.
As far as colics are concerned, so far we know that:
- They may start at the age of 2 weeks if your baby is preterm, or later if your baby is premature.
- They always subside on their own after 3 or 4 months.
- They are not affected by the delivery method and the type of feeding (breastfeeding or formula).
- Children who suffered from colics as babies are no different from those who did not.
The precise cause of colics
is yet unknown. It is generally believed that it is an intense reaction to the stimuli your baby is subjected to at the beginning of their life. Recent studies demonstrate the importance of the fourth trimester of the pregnancy, that is the time
right after delivery. It seems like during the first months of their life, you should treat your newborn as if they were still in the uterus.
The most probable causes of colics in babies may be the following:
- The digestive
system that gradually changes and adapts to food.
- Gas in the baby's intestine.
- Hypersensitivity to or hyperstimulation from light, noise and other stimuli.
- The developing nervous system and its interaction
with the environment.
- A random infection.
- Gastroesophageal reflux or stomach problems.
If your baby has colic, do not worry and do not treat this as a pathological condition. We have come to the conclusion
that it is a rather normal adaptation process to the new environment outside the uterus. Sometimes this process is combined with intense symptoms.