What a lot of new parents need to know is that there actually is a difference between reflux and colic. All babies cry, but colicky babies will cry inconsolably for one to three (or more) hours every day and particularly at the same time each day. Although, doctors and researchers cannot pinpoint the exact cause of colic, the most common reasons for colic is gas, an immature digestive system, and formula issues.
It can also be the inability to handle the constant sensory stimulation that surrounds them causing those continual meltdowns by the end of the day, when colic most often occurs. Colic usually starts after 3 weeks’ of age and can last up to 5 months.
Reflux is one of the most frustrating issues to deal with when you are caring for a newborn. Although, reflux is very common in infants, it is most often misdiagnosed as colic. Usually babies who suffer from reflux are fussy at each feeding and off and on throughout the day. There are different types of reflux and can be attributed to many things.
Some of the signs of reflux are:
- Spitting and vomiting after feedings
- Feeding and sleeping disturbances
- Chronic irritability throughout the day
- Poor weight gain or rapid weight loss
- Sudden bursts of painful crying
- Neck or back arching during or after feeding
Newborn Care Specialists are trained to determine the difference between colic and reflux and can offer many different solutions, including natural ways, to help with your newborn.
Newborns who are gaining weight very slowly can be known as “failure to thrive” and occurs in approximately 5-10% of infants and the vast majority of those are premature babies. Failure to thrive is a recognized medical condition, not a disease. With proper techniques and training, the Newborn Care Specialist can devise a plan to assist in establishing a healthy weight gain.