Colic is completely draining. Defined as constant crying for 3 hours a day or more, for three days or more, for three weeks or more, it is stressful for any parent. Colic affects 1 in 5 babies and can increase the chances of postnatal depression, bonding and attachment concerns for parents.
Why does colic happen?There isn't a conclusive answer here, but many theories are due to the links behind it. The jury is still out on whether colic is a symptom of something underlying, or whether it is a medical condition of its own.Increased air The first is increased air intake, as colic is more common with babies who are fed formula than breastmilk. In babies who are breastfed, if they have a tongue tie or latch or attachment issues, this increases the chances of colic. Colic is also more common after instrumental births, possibly due to the ways in which the skull plates have been manipulated.
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