Colic in newborns is a phenomenon that almost no baby bypasses. When colic occurs, you should not immediately start to panic and buy everything from the shelves of pharmacies. First you need to understand the problem, but most often the colic of newborns is a physiological process, in this way the child’s digestive system adapts to the “new” life. It happens that colic acts as a symptom of some kind of pathology, in which case you should immediately contact a pediatrician. In order to understand what is the cause of colic in a child, it is necessary to observe him, namely: when colic occurs, how often, whether it is associated with feeding.
Manifestation of colic:
- legs bent at the knees, pressed to the stomach;
- the child suddenly begins to cry loudly “for no reason”;
- stool disorder;
- increased gas formation and flatulence;
- the tummy is swollen, the abdominal wall is tense;
- handles at the seams, tense, fingers tightly clenched into fists;
- due to tension and crying, redness on the face occurs;
- often the back is arched.
If colic does not go away on its own, you need to help the baby cope with them. In addition, at a scheduled examination by a pediatrician, it is worth mentioning the occurrence of colic, so that the specialist additionally examines the child to rule out diseases.
Below are remedies to prevent colic.
- Gas ducts
- Herbal antispasmodics
- Means that normalize the intestinal microflora
If colic occurs in 2022, it is not at all necessary to immediately resort to medications, you can try to solve the problem without pharmaceuticals. Massage of the tummy, changes in the feeding regimen, mom’s diet, switching to another mixture – all this takes place, but the effect of these procedures is not guaranteed, and does not give immediate results.
Gas tubes will help to quickly and safely cope with colic.
Windi is a Swedish brand that produces gas pipes. These straws are guaranteed to be safe and highly effective.
Windi gas ducts are designed for single use, which makes their use highly hygienic and safe!
At first glance, using reusable straws is much more economical, but this is a dubious economy, since they are difficult to process and, if reused, can introduce pathogens to the baby. This is the main reason why it is better to give preference to disposable straws.
In addition, Windi gas vent tubes are convenient for the procedure: the corrugated surface helps to hold the tube firmly in the hand, so slipping is almost impossible.
A few other advantages that increase the safety of the tubes are the smooth tip and insertion limiter. The rounded tip and the absence of holes on the inserted part of the catheter exclude the appearance of injuries on the mucous membrane of the baby’s rectum. The insertion limiter allows the tubes to be inserted up to the sphincter, which is spasmodic. As a result, the sphincter relaxes and gases exit the intestines on their own.
The algorithm for introducing the tube is quite simple:
- first give the child a light tummy massage to relax the abdominal muscles;
- lubricate the tip of the gas outlet tube with vaseline oil or baby cream;
- gently insert the tube into the baby’s anus, by the characteristic sounds you will understand when gases begin to leave;
- The last step is to dispose of the straw in the trash.
Before starting the procedure, it is worth covering the surface on which the child will lie with an oilcloth or a disposable diaper, and after removing the child’s tube, it is worth leaving it to lie a little on it.
Vapor tubes act instantly and are safe, but you should not use them all the time – follow the instructions on the package. With occasional use, straws are non-addictive and are the most effective remedy for colic in newborns.
Despite the fact that medications should be used only after the recommendation of a doctor, they are also worth knowing about. There are various groups of drugs to eliminate colic in newborns, one of them is carminatives.
Preparations of this group have surface-active properties and defoaming action. Carminatives help to reduce the tension of gas bubbles in the digestive tract, as a result of which the bubbles burst, and the gases are removed to the outside due to peristalsis.
This group of drugs is good because it has minimal contraindications and side effects. The list of carminative drugs includes:
- Sub simplex;
- Espumizan Baby.
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This group includes preparations based on herbal ingredients. Consider the effect of this group on the example of the drug Plantex.
The composition includes fennel fruits and its essential oil. These components have a stimulating effect on digestion, increase the secretion of gastric juice and stimulate peristalsis. As a result, food is broken down and absorbed faster. Gases leave on time and do not accumulate, and intestinal spasms become “soft”.
Baby Calm – dietary supplement based on dill, anise and mint, helps to get rid of bloating, prevents flatulence and has a calming effect.
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Colic Kalm, another herbal remedy, which includes the following components: fennel, cumin, chamomile, aloe, blackthorn, mint, lemon balm, ginger. The effect of this drug comes relatively quickly.
Dill water has an anti-inflammatory, soothing, antimicrobial effect.
The remedy relaxes the intestines, which, in turn, favorably affects the removal of gases from the child’s body. Dill water improves intestinal motility and relieves painful spasms, helps normalize stools, and has an antibacterial effect.
Despite the fact that dill water has a lot of positive effects, it should be used with caution, as a child may experience an allergic reaction.
Means that normalize the intestinal microflora
These drugs contribute to the death of pathogenic and conditionally pathogenic microorganisms. In addition, medications restore normal stools if problems are present. In other words, the normalization of the intestinal microflora is the elimination of dysbacteriosis and the relief of the symptoms that accompany it. These drugs include medicines from different pharmacological groups, for example, Hilak Forte. The drug normalizes the composition of the microflora, is indicated not only for flatulence and colic, but also for other gastrointestinal disorders.
The next drug is Linex (a group of probiotics and prebiotics). Linex for children is not a drug and acts as a dietary supplement for food, a source of bifidobacteria. Dietary supplement contributes to normal digestion.
Lactobacterin suppresses pathogenic microflora, stimulates the normal functioning of the gastrointestinal tract.
Colic in newborns in 2022 is, in most cases, a natural process. Despite this, it is best to consult with your child’s primary care physician, especially if you intend to resort to medication. Sometimes it is only necessary to eliminate the trigger cause, and subsequent symptoms will not have to be dealt with.