We all have something in common, something all of us share - the act of communication. We, the adults, can reciprocate our needs and feelings in spoken words quite easily. But what about the toddlers, the newborns who don’t know a thing about how to communicate with words? How must they communicate? There must surely be a system designed to showcase their needs. What system is this?
Well, when we ponder upon these questions, a simple answer which must strike your mind is Crying. Yes, that is your baby’s foremost way to communicate. And add persistence to it, and we call it colic or colicky crying. Here we are going to understand the relation, if any, between the two terms and how to deal with it effectively.
Generally, an infant will cry for about one to one and a half hours each day. Exceptions may tend to cry more, for maybe around three hours, which is known as Colicky Crying. This cycle of crying will typically begin from a 2 to 3-week-old kid and shows its maximum effect at 6 weeks or so. The improvements - that is, if you give in to their demands - will begin to show in 2 months and is completely gone at about 4 months. The important thing to learn in this process is knowing their needs, their timings and basically how their body reacts to different changes.
As this is their way of communication, the crying generally has a reason behind it. It’s mostly the basic needs of being hungry or tired, or wanting milk or or maybe even stimulation - of both kinds, be it under or over.
The Science Behind It
Looking at its very origin, the baby came out of the womb. It is by far one of the noisiest places, and add to it the constant chattering, the traffic or any clean sound the baby would have come into contact with during the nine months phase in the womb - these end up forming a habit. In an environment filled with every kind of sensation, the womb is a completely different place.
Now, make the surroundings quiet, lay him/her on a flat-bed and ask everyone in the house to be quiet and not disturb the baby. Doesn't that sound contrasting from what the baby has gone through for the last nine months? Hence, the crying starts. It’s the baby’s way to show discomfort towards the newfound surroundings - all quiet and serene, pretty much the exact opposite to his/her tenure of last nine months.
And so you will always find that rocking a baby, thumping it lightly or some sort of white nose will always calm their nerves and they are surely going to sleep peacefully in your arms.
Keep Soothing That Effect
As you begin to try and recreate the surroundings which was prevalent in the womb, it triggers what is also known as a calming reflex. The acts could include anything from a loud shush to a gentle rhythmic swinging and even offering them something to suck on - like a pacifier. Only, for the colicky criers, you are going to need more patience and repetition.
Don’t Let Things Get Out Of Hand
Finally, if those household methods are not helping and the crying is persistent - immediately consult your physician. A baby crying for a longer time, say 3 hours in a day, probably has some medical problems. Don’t get irritated or term it as a trivial reflex. Get help, as soon as possible!