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Colic - Symptoms

Colic - Causes and Risk Factors

Causes Of Crying In The Newborn

Most babies cry in one or more of the following situations :

  • Discomfort arising from :
    • Hunger. This is the most common cause
    • Wet or soiled diapers
    • Nappy rash
    • Excessive heat or cold
  • Sudden stimulation of noise or light
  • Unpleasant smell or taste e.g. vomitus
  • Loneliness. Most babies cry for company. They need to be loved and carried. A baby will not be spoiled if he is picked up when crying
  • Fatigue. Such babies should be left to sleep quietly and not be carried
  • Abdominal pain/discomfort due to wind, constipation or bacterial infection of the urinary tract or the bowels, like diarrhoea.

Causes Of Colic

Colic is a poorly understood condition without clear known causes.

Some possible causes that have been suggested by doctors include :

  • Psychological. The baby's mother may be too anxious or distressed and is unable to cope with looking after the baby.
  • Allergy. The baby may be allergic to certain proteins in the cow's milk formula.
  • Lactose malabsorption. The baby's inability to digest certain sugars may lead to poor absorption of these sugars from milk.
  • Abnormal gut hormones or excessive secretion of gut hormones such as gastrin, which are normally secreted in the intestines.
  • Temperament of the baby.

All these causes listed above are speculative and the actual cause of colic is not known.

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