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Babies with Colic

What causes colic in infants?

Babies with colic will be uncomfortable and distressed and unable to soothe themselves, colic affects  a staggering 1 in 5 babies. The cause or causes of colic are unknown, although it is thought to be indigestion, trapped wind or a temporary gut sensitivity to certain proteins and sugars found in breast milk and formula milk.


How can the Poco Baby hammock help ? 

Relaxation is key to soothing the symptoms of colic, the slightly upright position gives your baby a feeling of being cradled in your arms, so when you lay baby down to sleep he will stay asleep as he is in the same position your arms create for him, this position also minimises acid reflux. The most important aspect of the Poco hammock which helps relieve the symptoms of colic is the bouncing motion, being suspended form a spring you can tuck the hammock right up close to your bed and gently bounce your baby to sleep which they absolutely love and greatly helps to release that trapped air giving them a good nights sleep. Being able to put your baby down to sleep whilst he is awake is also a fantastic way for your baby to learn to self sooth somthing that is difficult to achieve in more conventional beds. Baby hammocks have been helping babies with colic for many years and are proven to be extremely beneficial for colicky babies largley because of its soothing affects.

                                    

Does my baby have colic ?   

If your baby shows some or all of the symptoms below it is possible your baby is suffering from infant colic 

•Loud crying lasting three hours or more for three or more days a week, over a period of more than three weeks.

•Constant crying lasting for three or more hours a day, three or more days of the week over the course of three or more weeks.

•Lengthy period of crying, quite often early evening and midnight in a baby that has been fed

•Pulling his legs up towards his abdomen and clenching his hands and toes

•Passing wind

•Alternately flushed and pale face as a result from crying 


So what can you do to help ?  

Unfortunately there is no cure for colic however you can help reduce the symptoms and make your baby more comfortable. 

•Hold your baby upright when feeding to prevent them swallowing air; wind your baby before, after and mid feed.

•Feed little and often 

•Try to avoid caffeine if you are breast feeding

•Try to soothe your baby with motion such as vibration (for example by taking a trip out in the car) 

•Avoid over-stimulating a baby, relaxation is key

•Hold your child during a crying episode if this helps

•Use slings for your baby, being carried with you will be most comforting

•Warm baths at night to help soothe and relax your baby

•Use the Poco Baby hammock the bouncing motion and position greatly helps 


You should seek medical advice if: 

•Your baby has not had colic before and you suspect that he is colicky; your doctor may want   to rule out other causes.

•The bouts of colic are also accompanied by fever, diarrhoea, vomiting or constipation - all signs of illness not associated with simple colic.

•Your baby's crying sounds painful, not fussy -- indicating injury or an illness may be causing the distress.

•Your baby is older than four months and still acting colicky.

•Your colicky child fails to gain weight and is not hungry, which suggests an illness.

•You're exhausted, or you are angry - and fear stress might lead you to hurt your baby. 

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