The cramps in babies usually appears after the second week of life and is a real drama for most parents. Without knowing what it meant to cry, they finally lost themselves at that time to relieve the child's pain. Therefore, it is very important to know how to identify colic and find out the best techniques for softening it.
To help you with the task of ensuring the health of your baby, we spoke with Claudia Tanuri, a pediatric neonatologist at the Santa Joana Hospital and Maternidade, on the main doubts about infant cramps.
Symptoms and Causes of Colic in Babies
According to Claudia Tanuri, cramps are irregular and painful contractions in the intestine and the main symptoms are sudden and continuous crying combined with the inability of the body, namely when the baby bends and bends, turning his head to the side. . "The stomach becomes hard and it is common for children to have a red face," he added.
Regarding the cause, pediatricians explain that there is still no consensus on what triggers them, however, there is a hypothesis that it has emotional origin or is a sign of intestinal immaturity due to the inaccuracy of the autonomic or neuropathic nervous system, which reflects gastrointestinal incompatibility.
How to prevent cramps
Claudia Tanuri explained that parents can take precautions to help control colic. "For babies to belch after all feeding, reduce gas accumulation; wrap like a cigar so that it feels safer and warmer; and light massage to remove gas is good practice," he said.
In addition to this action, babies must always pay attention to the food consumed. Because everything that is consumed by the mother is transferred to milk, some substances that are consumed in greater amounts, such as chocolate, whole grains and legumes, which are more fatty and difficult to digest, and drinks with caffeine in the composition, are more likely to cause colic. to the child.
Pediatricians warn of discomfort that may be related to cow's milk protein and lactose intolerance. "It is common to disrupt a baby's habits by reacting to these substances. Therefore, pediatric follow-up is very important, especially if irritability exceeds the normal level," he guided.
How to relieve pain
According to Claudia Tanuri, the first step to relieve baby's stomach pain naturally is to identify when the pain occurred and the routine that was set. In this way, it is easier to control the situation. "Maybe, for example, to schedule a bath for the time that precedes discomfort, which can be a colic contender – because it helps in relaxation," said the pediatrician.
Claudia still teaches that light massage in the abdomen and training the child's legs, mimicking pedaling, also helps overcome the disorder. In addition, heating the abdomen, whether by physical contact or through thermal bags, is another option that can relieve pain.
At this time, some parents might think that tea can relieve cramping pain in babies. However, tea and non-prescription drugs should not be offered to children. "If he drinks tea, for example, he might change food, a situation that directly interferes with adequate nutrient absorption and disrupts its development," he said. It is important to remember that for up to six months the baby's life is only offered by ASI.