Crying Newborn Baby: Colic, Reasons, Responses & Solutions

Babies crying pattern analyzation

A detail report was published by Daily Dawn in April 2017. They analyzed and states as per finding by Dieter Wolker, at Warwick University, UK, the study on new born crying pattern till they attain the age of three months. Babies of England, Italy, Netherlands and Canada cry more as compare newborns of Germany, Japan and Denmark who cry less comparatively.

colic baby crying black and white

During research they look for how much babies cry and what is their pattern during their first three months. The psychologist from Britain they could be able to create the first worldwide chart on it. “what is the normal pattern of crying in babies during the first three months?”

This study was led by Dieter Wolker at Warwick University. He states Babies are different in term of how much they cry during their first few weeks. They could learn more by considering the different country cultures. Less crying in the baby can linked to overall parenting behavior, especially observe and demonstrated during pregnancy or this may be hereditary or genetic in nature.

Same study published by Reuters & The Guardian of UK

Crying of baby during infancy or at neonatal period is worry some for parents in the mostly Asian region. The baby has been checked by the doctor and declares healthy. The doctor will tell the parents lots of crying is perfectly normal in the majority of the baby.

If baby is sick than its crying pattern and sound will be different from normal crying pattern such as due to hunger, they need diaper change or out of frustration or agitating or irritating factors.

Still if a baby is crying which means some problem.  Please do assess and judge the situation. In this situation, you need to consult baby doctor or care giver for remedy and their advice.

This has been reported in research which states baby crying follow normal development pattern in their first 3-4 month. Their crying pattern will increase when the baby is 2-3weeks old and will reach the peak in 6-8 weeks. In the later age, its intensity taper down or decreases and by 12-14 weeks it settles down.

The pattern during the day for crying observe mostly in later part of the afternoon and during the evening, reason maybe they had the long and tiring day.

Baby colic crying

newborn baby crying colic

Another form of baby crying is term as colic baby. Colic condition affects 12–40% of the baby. It is mostly observed or starts at the age of six weeks. And goes away when a child attains the age of six months, in few cases colic pain crying may last until the age of one year. It occurs in the same ratio between girls and boys.

The reason for baby colic is not known so far. It is believed this condition and baby crying may be due to gastrointestinal discomfort. This is the result of intestinal cramping which reflects in a piercing pain in the abdomen area. This requires the diagnosis to rule out any other possible and problem which results in fever, sluggish activity or swelling of the abdomen.

It is estimated approximately 5% of the baby with excessive crying may have any causes. And needs further clinical evaluation, monitoring, and assessment to treat the underlying cause.

Colic in the baby is also referred as infant colic because of the age when colic starts in the baby. This is identified by crying of the infant lasts for more than 3hrs per day with a frequency of 3 times in a week.  This condition may prevail in the normal healthy child for 3 to 4 weeks.

The crying of baby in colic & parents frustrating

Baby colic is also referred as infant colic. This symptom can be observed and identified by baby crying which usually last for three hours or more in a day and more than three days in a week. And may last for three to four weeks in healthy and normal child. The crying of baby due to colic pain may lead to frustration for parents, may also lead to depression for parents especially for mothers.  They are unable to soothe and calm the baby. In colic, crying condition may result in the excess visit to the baby’s doctor or health care provider. They have to understand, manage and live with infant colic pain and this will subside with progressing age of the baby.

Article by Mahmood Hussain for Baby First Pakistan website

About Mahmood Hussain

Professional Experience
More than 36 years work experience in Healthcare & Pharmaceutical sector

Director & General Manager
Baby First (Pvt.) Ltd Pakistan
March 2011 – till to date
I have been associated with Baby First (Pvt) Ltd for more than 5 years. It is advisory, community and social interaction medium for parents 16-38 years and babies 0-6 years.

General Manager
Aga Khan Health Service Pakistasn
December 2005 – December 2007 (2 years 1 month)Based at Karachi Pakistan
Worked as General Manager managing Karachi & Baluchistan Health care services of AKHSP which includes primary and secondary health care centers and diagnostic centers on all areas nearly 102 centers which include three leading hospitals in Karachi.

General Manager
Janssen Cilag (Johnson & Johnson)
February 1998 – January 2005 (7 years)

Education
MBA, Marketing 1995 – 1996, Preston University
MSc, Biochemistry 1970 – 1974, Karachi University

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