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What steps to take when you think your crying baby might have INFANTILE COLIC:

Infantile colic can be stressful for the whole family. Finding a solution is important. Simply make an appointment & let your GP assess your baby and yourself and screen for organic causes and assist you with strategies to help cope with infantile colic today.

As a Dad, I’ve spent plenty of sleepless nights wandering aimlessly up and down the hallway settling babies, and as a Doctor I’ve had plenty of bleary-eyed sleep deprived parents beg me for a solution for a crying, restless baby! A crying baby is a multi-factorial problem and can be attributed to many normal behaviours, being over tired, hungry, a dirty nappy and yes, some can also be attributed to infantile colic.
Infantile colic is a generally common and self-resolving condition. However the situation will more often contribute to a great deal of household stress and maternal anxiety about baby and about breastfeeding and of course around sleep.
There are undoubtedly no magic wands or easy answers. The solution is a process. Infantile colic treatment comes down to ensuring there are no serious organic causes, followed by practical explanations and simple strategies.

Here’s a few things to consider:
Cow’s milk protein accounts for a minority of cases and certainly hypoallergenic formula and dietary exclusion are only for infant’s who have other signs of cow’s milk allergy.

Colic can be defined by crying or fussing more than three hours of the day for more than three days of the week. Conditions to exclude include, but are not limited to are: cow’s milk protein allergy, GORD, lactose intolerance or overload, inguinal hernia and the list goes on…

A thorough history from your GP and exclusion of causes is vital to ensure that organic causes are ruled out and practical strategies can be put in place.

Some strategies include:

● Hydrolysed formula such as aptamil
● Hypoallergenic diet in breastfeeding mothers
● Reduced stimulation
● Improved parental responsiveness
● Focused parent counselling

Most strategies have been shown not to help or be effective under study conditions only, however reassurance to families, strategies to assist sleep and getting social supports and assistance is vital.

If exclusive breast feeding, then a 3 week trial of a certain probiotic can be considered. Long term effects are not known however.
Screening of Mum’s for depression in this post-natal period is also an important part of the process.

If you are needing any assistance, please ensure that you visit your GP.

At Eclipse Medical, our GP’s can assess your baby and yourself and screen for organic causes and assist you with strategies to help cope with infantile colic.

Regards,

Dr Glen

Special thanks to NPS medicine wise for an excellent review article on Infantile Colic. 

https://www.nps.org.au/australian-prescriber/articles/infantile-colic

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