Is colic Real?
If you’ve ever had a newborn baby with colic, then you know it can be pretty miserable. Especially for new parents. It’s exhausting when you have a child that won’t stop crying for hours on end when nothing is medically wrong with them. Clean diaper – check, full belly – check, not tired – check. What can you do? Do doctors just diagnose infants with colic when they don’t know what’s wrong?
What if colic wasn’t a medical issue at all, but instead, a parenting issue? One parenting specialist seems to think that’s the case. Check out the story!
What is colic?
What exactly is colic? Basically, it’s when an infant child won’t stop crying. It is defined as consisting of “episodes of crying for more than three hours a day, for more than three days a week, for three weeks in an otherwise healthy child.” It is noted that the crying will usually occur at night time. The cause for colic is unknown. Some believe that it stems from gastrointestinal issues. It is said that colic affects 10-40 percent of all infants.
The first documented diagnosis of an infantile colic was in 1954 by an American pediatrician. It almost sounds like a fake diagnosis. Like… “we don’t know what’s wrong with your baby but it won’t stop crying so umm… colic!” It’s kind of similar to when someone gets diagnosed with IBS and they’re like, “Great, Doc, I know my bowels are irritable, the question is WHY!” Many people agree that this is not a proper diagnosis. One parenting specialist says that colic isn’t actually a thing at all!
Lack of Security
If you want your baby to stop crying, it might be in your power. Parenting specialist Sarah Ockwell-Smith says that colic is not a medical issue, but a parenting issue instead.
So, how do you stop a baby from crying hours on end? Sarah says that the reason babies are crying is because they feel a lack of security. Sometimes parents are worried that if they pay too much attention to their children, it may have negative effects. However, it could be quite the opposite.