If your baby won’t stop crying for hours on end, it can be a sign of colic. “Babies with colic will often cry loudly, and sustain their crying for long periods of time. These marathon crying fits can occur on a near-daily basis and will often be at a similar time,” explains babocush inventor, Kerry Nevins. The condition affects up to one in five babies and can begin when your baby is just a few weeks old.
What does colic look like?
While we accept that all babies cry, NHS UK advises that “your baby may have colic if they cry more than 3 hours a day”. If they go red in the face, clench their fists, arch their back or it’s hard to settle them, these are also signs of colic. Between these episodes, your baby will likely be entirely content. However, if your baby has “a weak or high-pitched cry” or “your baby’s cry doesn’t sound like their normal cry”, states NHS advice.
What causes colic?
Nobody can quite agree on what causes colic. Some medical experts have theories that it could be related to muscle spasms in a growing digestive system, hormones that cause stomach pain or overstimulation, according to WebMD. Remember, it isn’t your fault. There is nothing you could have done to prevent your baby from developing colic.
Is colic dangerous?
Even though it can be distressing to hear your baby crying constantly, colic is not dangerous and is a condition that should get better on its own. If your baby has any other symptoms, such as vomiting or not putting on weight, or something just doesn’t feel quite right don’t hesitate in contacting your doctor.
What are the best ways to treat colic?
There isn’t a simple cure for colic but there are some techniques and over-the-counter medications to soothe a colicky baby.
NHS UK advises:
• Comforting: holding or cuddle your baby when they’re crying a lot and gently rocking your baby over your shoulder
• Positioning: sit and hold baby upright during feeds to prevent them from swallowing air
• Bathing: bath your baby in a warm bath
• Soothing noise: White noise and or background sounds like TV and radio are proven to distract and soothe babies suffering from colic
• Medications: While there is no evidence that medications are guaranteed to work for your baby, some parents have found anti-colic drops and herbal and probiotic supplements helpful
How can the babocush help?
When Kerry Nevins had her second child, he suffered from silent reflux and colic. The only thing that could settle him was being held and comforted 24 hours a day. Having tried everything on the market with little success, Nevins set about designing her own swaddling cushion with soothing sounds and motion, to best comfort and calm her baby. The result was the babocush, a cushion dubbed “the next best thing to being held in a mother’s arms”.
The babocush is basically a clever cushion that recreates some of the sensations that the baby was used to feeling in the womb. It has a built-in heartbeat sound and gentle vibration is soothing for baby as it imitates a gentle rhythm of mum’s heart. Spending time on the cushion is proven to relax and settle baby, particular if he or she is suffering from reflux, colic and gas. The babocush addresses the symptoms of colic and reflux, by holding your baby safely in a tummy-down position.
Tummy time can be invaluable; it alleviates pressure on the back and wind-pipe. By relaxing the airways, your baby can breathe easy and enjoy the change in position. Tummy time is vital in a baby’s daily routine and the babocush is a smart ‘tummy time’ concept. It can help prevent flat head syndrome and strengthen your baby’s neck, back and trunk – all-important if they are to achieve their physical milestones. While on their tummy, the cushion helps recreate the conditions of the womb with a heartbeat simulator. The device inside every babocush cushion sends out a gentle, consistent beat that soothes your baby. Ahead of bedtime or after feeding it offers a unique period of contentment not found elsewhere.
The babocush is available on Babocush.com for £139.
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