Best Formula, Bottles, And Drops For Colic Relief (2018 Guide)
Most new babies cry a lot. But when my son turned a month old, my husband and I noticed that he became inconsolable for hours.
In fact, between the hours of 5-7 every evening, he cried straight through, and we were left feeling helpless and defeated.
After consulting with my pediatrician, my son was labeled as “colicky.” I had no idea what that really meant, and how I could help him.
I later found out that colic was common (about 1 in 5 infants are considered colicky), and with the right formula, bottles, and with the help of colic drops, things turned around, and I had a much happier baby on my hands!
7 Signs Your Baby May Have Colic
Turns out, there are things I could have looked out for that would have tipped me off to the fact that my son suffered from colic and needed some help.
Here are the major signs and symptoms to keep your eyes (and ears) peeled for:
Excessive crying. As I’ve said before, colicky babies will cry for hours on end. This is the biggest indicator that your baby is colicky. Non-colic babies will definitely cry, but not for consecutive hours. You will also notice that the majority of the crying occurs in the late afternoon into the evening. Pediatricians also classify the crying as colic is they cry with this intensity for at least three days a week, for three weeks in a row.
Redness. Your baby will be very red and flushed in their face (and even all over their body) during their crying bouts.
Uncomfortable body language. Your little bundle of joy won’t look so joyful. Your baby’s fists will clench up while crying, and their back will usually arch. Some babies writhe around, and even bring their knees up toward their belly.
Passing a lot of gas. Your baby may experience an increased bowel activity or even pass a lot of gas during (or after) an intense crying session.
Eye warnings. Your baby may open their eyes widely as they are crying, or even cinch them shut them tightly to demonstrate that they are in pain.
Overactive. A colicky baby will continuously kick, scream, and move their body about in a way that nothing can calm them or even keep them still.
A hard tummy. Your baby’s abdomen will feel hard and solid, mainly from all the air they are sucking in as they are crying.
Why Switching Your Bottle May Help
If you think your baby is colicky, I feel your pain and frustration.
But, there are many things you can do and try to alleviate symptoms.
With the right formula, the right bottles, and the right drops (not to mention trying out the list of suggestions above), you will definitely see an improvement with the amount your baby cries.
And, while it seems like an eternity, always know that there is light at the end of the tunnel and your baby will not be colicky forever.
Hang in there and be patient!