Is your baby crying all the time and you don’t know how to help him? Here you will find information on the causes, as well as tips on how to treat a baby. In the following, a homeopath, a pediatrician, a breastfeeding consultant and a family doctor explain what you can do for your child. Our guide outlines what to do when a baby cries all the time.
Crying and restlessness are part of the normal development of an infant in the first three months of life. However, if it gets so rampant that a baby cries all the time and the parents get nervously to the limit of their resilience and the baby can no longer be calmed down, they are rightly looking for professional help.
Experts from various disciplines agree on one point: parents must be taken seriously; Listening is a good start for successful treatment. In addition, parents need to learn to understand their child’s needs. And: organic causes must be excluded. If you have one of the best strollers, you can take the baby in the stroller for a long walk to improve its mood and calm it down.
Three month colic and screaming attacks
Three-month colic manifests itself through violent, persistent crying attacks by the baby. They mainly occur in the first 3 months of life and are interpreted as an expression of cramp-like pain in the abdomen (colic). Hence the name three-month colic.
Typically, the screaming attacks occur frequently in the afternoon or in the evening – often after meals. The three-month colic is a burden for the child and for the parents, because the baby often cries for hours and can practically not be calmed down.
It is not known why these colic develop. Food-related or physical causes are suspected. Such early childhood disorders can also be an expression of the child’s psychological stress (for example, if the parents are overworked or if the parents have relationship disorders).
Even if the pain is severe and the baby suffers, in most cases the child is healthy and the colic goes away within a few months.
To rule out other diseases, the pain must be clarified by a medical examination. Because: in about 2% of crying children there is, for example, a reflux disease (backflow of gastric juice) and in about 15% a milk protein allergy. The causes are varied and not definitely clarified.
The suspected causes when a baby cries all the time
- Drinking too quickly and swallowing air, the swallowed air causes painful bloating in the intestine
- Increased or slowed bowel movements; these lead to an increased formation of intestinal gases. The expansion of the intestine by the gases is very painful.
- Hunger: if the mother produces too little milk
- Food allergies or intolerances that lead to flatulence (cow protein allergy or a lactose intolerance / lactose intolerance)
Psychologically stressful situations (excessive demands on the parents, rejection of the baby, relationship stress between the parents, competitive situation between siblings, etc.).
Other diseases such as: ear infections, respiratory or urinary tract infections, reflux disease, indigestion (diarrhea, constipation), intestinal inflammation due to worm disease, invagination (intestinal obstruction due to indentation of the intestine).
Complaints (symptoms) show up
- Violent screaming for 2-3 hours several days a week for about 3 months, with no possibility of calming down.
- Tense, pressure-sensitive belly, the legs contract jerkily.
- Pale or reddish skin, profuse sweating
- The attacks usually begin immediately after the meal, often in the afternoon and early evening.
- Stomach growl, flatulence
- Sleep and feeding disorders
The visit to the pediatrician is correct
Parents should not be ashamed (what are we doing wrong, etc.?) To speak about the situation, but should go to the pediatrician as soon as possible. Otherwise the screaming attacks can actually lead to overwhelming situations, which does not improve the child’s complaints either.
Treatment is based on the causes found:
- In the case of food allergies and intolerances: adjustment of the diet, possibly consultation with a nutrition consultant, midwife or a nursing nurse.
- Drinks or foods that can cause gas and gas should be avoided by the mother during breastfeeding, especially onions and cabbage, fruits such as apples and plums; spicy food and caffeinated products such as chocolate, coffee and tea.
- Other diseases (e.g. infections, worms) must be treated accordingly, e.g. with antibiotics, worming.
- In the case of an invagination (intestinal obstruction by indenting the intestine), massages help in slight cases, otherwise surgery is necessary.
It is important that parents are honest with the doctor and speak openly about conflict situations within the family. At most, psychotherapy must be initiated with the parents or one of the parents. Consultation with an infant nurse or an outpatient clinic is often a treatment option.
Swinging in the cradle or on the arms, carrying the baby in a tummy towel, tightly wrapped in a terry towel, quietly calming talking or singing, music, walking, light massages: All of these are measures that can be tried out and do no harm to the child and mother.
Important: Do not shake the baby, this can cause permanent damage or even death. After three or at the latest six months, the complaints are over in most cases. Often problematic is the excessive demands of the parents, which can lead to abuse or neglect of the children. The parents then often need help and care themselves.