Colic is a medical condition that occurs in almost all babies in the first months of life. Over time, colic has aroused controversy between specialists, regarding the effects it has on the child, their exact causes, but also on their methods of calming them.
Due to conflicting opinions between specialists, a lot of myths have emerged about these uncomfortable symptoms. Discover some of the most popular false theories about baby colic!
Colic disorders occur more frequently in girls than in boys
One of the most popular myths about colic is that girls are more prone to this medical condition than boys.
Specialists have shown that sex has no influence on their appearance and that both sexes are predisposed, to the same extent, to these unpleasant abdominal cramps.
Breastfed babies do not colic
Another commonly used theory was that the way a child is fed can make the difference between the onset of colic and their absence.
Part of the theory was that only infants fed milk formula have problems with colic and that breastfed babies are protected from these abdominal pains in their little ones. It has been shown that the feeding method does not influence their appearance in any way.
Colic can be completely prevented
Colic cramps are abdominal cramps that occur due to the fact that the intestines and digestive system of the child need time to adjust to the dust or breast milk. Until his partial maturation and until he is familiar with the digestive system with milk, colic will appear in most newborns, in the first months of life.
It is true that the pain can be alleviated or that the episodes can be reduced with the help of preventive measures, but they cannot be completely controlled.
Colic can be treated
As there are no solutions to completely prevent colic, there is no treatment to cure these uncomfortable abdominal cramps.
Each child faces, at one point, in the baby stage, with these abdominal pains, and all you can do for him is to take measures to improve their severity - wrapping, massage, teas, rocking, music, etc. These help only to calm the colic, not to treat them.
Colic is caused by lactose intolerance
Lactose intolerance can aggravate the baby's colic, but is not a cause of these cramps. Although they did a lot of research, the specialists failed to identify a causal relationship between lactose intolerance and the colic of the baby.
Colic disorders occur only at first birth
Another myth that developed over time around baby colic was that these abdominal cramps would only appear in the first born.
The specialists dismantled the myth and showed that the order of child birth has no influence on the appearance of colic. These pains occur in most babies, in the newborn period.
Colic is dangerous for the baby's health
Colic are not diseases, so they have no pathological cause. Even if the exact causes of colic are not known, the doctors claim that the pain experienced by the little ones in the first months of life is caused by the immaturity of the child's digestive system.
They are not considered dangerous to his health. Not having a pathological cause, it does not require any medicinal or other treatments.
Colic cramps are abdominal cramps or pain, without a pathological cause, which occur frequently in the first months of life of the babies. Even if they are not problematic and do not affect health, parents can be misled by the agitated and severe way in which the little ones manifest themselves.
Colic manifestation is due to crying, agitation, irritability, rubbing of the feet and the tendency to cramp the babies and appear frequently after the baby is eating.
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