Updated: Sep 8, 2021
Colic refers to excessive, repeated crying in an infant that otherwise appears healthy. It is seen in at least one in five infants. The colic begins when the child is a few weeks old and normally stops until the age of four months. At the latest, it has been gone for six months. Colicky children are usually fussy and difficult to calm down.
In Ayurveda, pain in and around the navel is called shul. It is commonly associated with constipation. In infants, dhatu (body tissue) is still new and developing; Agni (digestive fire) is also low or dim. This means that they cannot digest everything eaten by the mother or the formula food they give. Thus the mother has to be very careful about what she eats while breastfeeding. According to Ayurveda, the increase in the air causes abdominal pain.
Some expert belives, A clinical syndrome with intermittent abdominal pain characterized by sudden onset and cessation. It is usually associated with obstruction of the INTESTINES; of the CYSTIC DUCT; or of the URINARY TRACT.
What is the main cause of colic?
Colic is usually caused by distended gas that an infant has swallowed while feeding. It is suggested that the infant's digestive system is still growing, so it can cause muscle cramps. Colic is also developed due to hormonal changes or sensitivity to foods or light and noise etc. Some experts believe that colic is the result of an allergy to milk protein (or lactose intolerance) in formula-fed babies. More rarely, colic may be a reaction to specific foods in Mom's diet in breastfed babies. Either way, these allergies or sensitivity can cause tummy pain that may set off colicky behavior.
Signs of colic pain: