Babies may also have sudden bouts of crying for no apparent reason, known as Infantile Cell. The onset of these bouts is usually between the age of 2 and 4 weeks. They can occur at any time of the day or night but are more common after about 6:00 in the evening. The baby suddenly starts crying. Nothing seems to work. The child screams at the top of his voice, draws the thighs and legs towards the abdomen, may pass some gas or have a distended abdomen. Colicky cries are slightly shorter than those caused by hunger. These attacks usually stop by the time the child is 3 months old, and are termed evening colic or 3 month’s colic.
Management: Don’t allow the child to cry unnecessarily. If a child keeps crying, he swallows more air, which probably makes him cry more because of anger and distension of the abdomen. Do not hesitate to pick up the child for fear of contact. Make the child feel secure, loved and wanted. You will have enough time to discipline him later.
Although it has not been proven that certain foods eaten by a breastfeeding mother can upset her baby, it may be worth give up milk, egg, fish, peanuts and peanut butter, soya preparations, wheat, caffeine, garlic, onion and cabbage from your diet for a few days. If you find a marked improvement in the child, you can again try and introduce these food items in turn and see if you can find a correlation between any particular food and colic in you can find a correlation between any particular food and colic in your baby.
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