The symptoms of functional gastrointestinal disorders such as colic can cause discomfort for a baby. However, they can also cause huge amounts of stress for the parents. Particularly because parents of babies that cry excessively often believe their baby is not healthy.
Once a healthcare professional is satisfied the baby has no serious underlying disease, there are a number ways to approach the problem including:
- Parental support and reassurance
- Practical tips
- Dietary/medical management
Parents of a baby suffering from colic need support. They will most likely be anxious and so need reassurance that colic is a common infant feeding problem and most babies will outgrow the problem between 4 and 6 months of age.
Once the parents have been reassured, practical tips and advice can help, such as teaching appropriate responses to their babies, more effective soothing, and where appropriate, a review of their feeding practices.
If the baby is being breastfed, consider talking to mum about her diet. Some small changes may help to alleviate colicky symptoms. Breastfeeding mums should be encouraged to continue breastfeeding. It is important to support and reassure parents at this stressful time
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