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Colic

Colic is a condition in which an otherwise healthy baby cries or screams frequently and for extended periods, without any discernible reason. Over the decades, researchers have offered various hypotheses for colic including exposure to cigarette smoke, insufficient melatonin production, and the immature digestive system of babies
Symptoms
Impatience
Impulsiveness
Marked talkativeness
Frequent fidgeting
Difficulty controlling emotions
Interrupts constantly
Easily distracted
Can’t follow instructions
Does not complete tasks
Forgetful & loses focus
Runny nose
Cough
Watery eyes
Swollen glands
Sore throat
Headache
Stomach – Upset tummy
Vomiting
Wheezing
Swelling of the throat
Anaphylactic shock
Frequent coughing
Wheezing or whistling sound when exhaling
Tightness of the chest
Shortness of breath
Sleep problems due to difficulty breathing
Delayed recovery following a respiratory infection
Avoidance of exercise
Runny nose
Sneezing
Fever
Cough
Wheezing
Laboured breathing
Noticeable rising of chest
Itchy, red rash on whole body
Raised bumps that become small fluid-filled blisters
Headache
Abdominal pain
Loss of appetite
Fever
Irritability and discomfort
Itchy, red rash on whole body
Treatments
Probiotics Antispasmodic medication
Remedies
Chiropractic care Baby massage techniques, especially for the abdomen Rub warm ginger oil on babies tummy after bathing Drink rooibos tea Prepare a hot cinnamon drink Administer non-alcoholic gripe water Avoid caffeine, processed foods and preservatives while breastfeeding Drink a cupful of fennel three times a day if breastfeeding Wear baby in a sling or keep upright
Risk
1-2
1 – Can be treated at home
2 – Medical attention is necessary
3 – Urgent medical assistance is necessary
Disclaimer:
As always, take your newborn, baby, toddler or older child to your doctor if symptoms are severe or worrying. Our guide is just that, a guide, and does NOT replace medical supervision.

 

 

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