Studies have shown that a warm communicative interaction between mother and infant leads to good social interactions in the future even though the baby is too small to absorb an understanding of the mothers relationship. It still paves the way for human connections.
Colicky infants are a real challenge as they can cry or fuss for hours on end, usually the evening hours from 6pm till midnight, when their exhausted parents cannot seem to find the energy needed to pacify them. Typically, beginning at approximately 3 weeks and lasting until 3 months of age, the infant is at its most uncomfortable stage. Although there is no real cure for colic, it is believed that infants with an immature digestive system are truly uncomfortable which explains why they kick their legs and pass gas being noticeably uncomfortable.
At times a nursing mom can try to figure out if the food she is eating is aggravating her baby and causing the crying hour to increase. Common foods that irritate the infant are milk products, tomato products, wheat products as well as cabbage and beans, although sensitive infants can be upset from just about anything. Caffeine can be irritating as well. If the crying persists all day long and the baby has no peaceful hours it would be wise to consult with your Pediatrician. It is reassuring to know that this stage will pass and come to an end soon.
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Swaddling blankets are another great idea to use at this time as the baby feels a comfortable pressure of feeling cozy. This imitates the warm feeling of being in uterus. Most hospitals swaddle the newborns to keep them comfortable. It has also been proven to greatly extend sleep periods between feedings by preventing night movement and separation anxiety; thus allowing Mom and Dad more extended rest, enhanced relaxation and peace of mind.