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What causes colic in an infant?

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Posted on Wed, 4 Jan 2017
Question: Hi Doctor,

My baby completed 7 weeks yesterday.Since last night baby has been very restless.Keeps waking up and wants to be carried and is cranky.Is this normal?We gave her 0.3ml of Colic Aid drops today.However everytime we put her to sleep she keeps waking up.Kindly help.

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Answered by Dr. Sumanth Amperayani (20 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Looks like evening colic - I have explained in detail

Detailed Answer:
Hi...Thank you for consulting in Health Care magic.

This is called evening colic and is quite common in this age group. This happens when the baby sucks at the breast very fast and in eagerness to drink milk will gulp in air too. Unless the air comes out like burping or flatus this discomfort will be there and next time check if the baby is sucking too fast and gulping in air too. You will be more convinced.

Usually I don't advice any medicines for this as they give only temporary relief.

The two best ways to relieve this distress is -
1. Do not put the baby in lying position after feeding till the baby burps out the swallowed air.
2. If still crying - put the baby in prone position and keep patting the back gently so that the baby passes off the flatus and gets relieved.

Hope my answer was helpful for you. I am happy to help any time. Further clarifications and consultations on Health care magic are welcome. If you do not have any clarifications, you can close the discussion and rate the answer. Wish your kid good health.
Regards - Dr. Sumanth MBBS., DCH., DNB (Paed).,
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Sumanth Amperayani (6 hours later)
Thanks Doctor..Baby was restless even during the day..Did not want to be kept down n wanted to be carried.I read it could be growth spurts.So I am now confused if its growth spurts or Colic.
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Answered by Dr. Sumanth Amperayani (3 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
It can be either - but both are not pathological

Detailed Answer:
Hi...it can be either, but as both are not pathological, you need not worry.

When a baby is irritable, but consolable, you need not worry about it.

Regards - Dr. Sumanth
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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What causes colic in an infant?

Brief Answer: Looks like evening colic - I have explained in detail Detailed Answer: Hi...Thank you for consulting in Health Care magic. This is called evening colic and is quite common in this age group. This happens when the baby sucks at the breast very fast and in eagerness to drink milk will gulp in air too. Unless the air comes out like burping or flatus this discomfort will be there and next time check if the baby is sucking too fast and gulping in air too. You will be more convinced. Usually I don't advice any medicines for this as they give only temporary relief. The two best ways to relieve this distress is - 1. Do not put the baby in lying position after feeding till the baby burps out the swallowed air. 2. If still crying - put the baby in prone position and keep patting the back gently so that the baby passes off the flatus and gets relieved. Hope my answer was helpful for you. I am happy to help any time. Further clarifications and consultations on Health care magic are welcome. If you do not have any clarifications, you can close the discussion and rate the answer. Wish your kid good health. Regards - Dr. Sumanth MBBS., DCH., DNB (Paed).,