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Have they found the cause of colic?

Posted by on Jan. 14, 2013 at 1:57 PM
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The Cause of Colic: Do Doctors Finally Have the Answer?

Posted by Adriana Velez
on January 14, 2013 at 1:30 PM

crying babyColic! That mysterious thing that makes your baby cry forever and he won't stop. Why the crying? Why so much crying?!? People have been trying to figure this one out for centuries. Is it tummy trouble -- or is it something else? Well, the latest news on colic points to tummy trouble.

A new study found that babies with colic also happen to develop a certain intestinal bacteria later than babies who don't have colic. Without that proteobacteria and probiotics perhaps babies are having stomach pains, or getting gassy, and that's what causes colic. Have we finally found the cause of colic -- and does that mean we've finally found the cure?

Eh, probably not. I'm skeptical. First of all, this was a very small study -- just 24 babies! And it's really interesting that the researchers found a connection between bacteria and crying. But like I've said a bunch of times, just because two things happen together doesn't mean one causes the other. Correlation is not causation, as they say. So more work needs to be done before we can say this is THE answer to colic.

Anyway, I just never bought the tummy troubles explanation for colic. I have friends who went on elimination diets and swore that helped (after months of experimenting, so maybe their babies just grew out of colic by then?!?). But my pediatrician suggested the book, The Happiest Baby on the Block. It suggests colic may be more about how under-stimulating life is outside the womb (too quiet, seriously). Their method for dealing with colic is to recreate the conditions of the womb for your baby. Which for us meant swaddling my son tightly, jiggling him a certain very careful way, and running the vacuum cleaner all all at the same time for a couple hours every night. Good times!

So colic -- is it caused by tummy troubles, or is it under-stimulation? We still don't know! So moms will continue living without wheat/chocolate/dairy and running their vacuum cleaners in the hopes of buying ourselves a few crying-free hours. When it comes to colic, there are no easy answers.

What do you think really causes colic?


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MomToovey
by Marianne - Admin on Jan. 14, 2013 at 2:01 PM

 I read the book "The Happiest Baby on the Block" it's written by a pediatrician and the purpose of the book is to soothe a colicky baby. In the book, he explains that colic is developed due to baby not being ready to be out of the womb. There's a really long explanation that I really can't do it justice. But basically, he explained 5 ways to re-create the womb for baby to help soothe any cry. Now, I don't know for sure if DD had colic or not, but she was an extremely fussy baby and only the methods in this book helped. No amount of gripe water, mylicon, burping, etc. would help. But the methods in the book did. I think tummy trouble causes fussiness, yes, but I believe colic is something completely different, and I am going to side with the author of The Happiest Baby on the Block!

jobberwocky
by Chrissy - Admin on Jan. 15, 2013 at 3:06 PM
No clue. My son had colic and severe acid reflux. The only thing that would comfort him was for me to wear him.

I hope some day they do have the answer as to what causes colic so moms can catch a bit of a break!
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LilTymomma
by Member on Jan. 15, 2013 at 11:48 PM

I thought colics was like gas. Thats why they recommend the bags inside bottles. Ummm, also making sure they burp after every feeding, and sometimes moving their legs or massaging their tummy helps release gas. Unless, colics is something else. My lil one never had "colics" and I followed these tips(except the bag in bottles).

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MomToovey
by Marianne - Admin on Jan. 17, 2013 at 4:23 PM

 Me too!

Quoting jobberwocky:

No clue. My son had colic and severe acid reflux. The only thing that would comfort him was for me to wear him.

I hope some day they do have the answer as to what causes colic so moms can catch a bit of a break!

 



Mandy_mommy
by New Member on Feb. 2, 2013 at 8:22 PM

I am skeptical!!!  My baby was super colicky and would only calm down in my arms (or slings) and with white noise.  I found a great site that only has soothing solutions (products and information) for babies.  www.fefisbaby.com

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