About 25% of infants have occasional signs of abdominal discomfort after feeding some time during the first three months of life. This is colic. It usually begins when the baby is about 2 weeks old, but ends by 3-4 months of age.
These children may cry inconsolably and draw up their legs. Frequent burping and walking after feeding with the baby over your shoulder may help alleviate the discomfort. Medication is generally not useful.
Maneuvers that some believe are helpful include:
- Gently placing the Vaseline-covered Q-tip inside the rectum.
- Application of warm (not hot) towels to the abdomen.
- Offering the infant weak, warm peppermint tea or water.
Remember, if your baby’s fussiness seems to be excessive or if you are worried about it, please call the office.