SYMPTOM: CRYING AND COLIC
Crying is a normal part of development for babies and is the main way that they communicate when they are hungry, angry, in pain or even bored. It is common for a baby to cry for around two hours each day, but this gradually decreases after six weeks of age.Colic describes unexplained crying and predictable periods of distress in an otherwise healthy and well-fed baby. It is usually short-lived and starts when a baby is a few weeks old. In most cases, baby colic will have resolved by four months.
- Curled up legs, clenched fists and tensed abdominal muscles are typical colic symptoms
- Baby colic generally follows a pattern of three
The medical community still don’t know why some babies develop colic and others do not.
Possible causes of colic include:
- Food allergies, such as a Cows' Milk Allergy (CMA)
- A digestive system which hasn’t fully developed
- An injury or an infection
Could my baby have Cows' Milk Allergy?
Colic is a common symptom for babies with CMA.
Babies with CMA usually experience more than just one symptom and these symptoms can be very different from one another.
If you think that your baby has colic, it could be CMA. You may have even noticed other symptoms (besides colic), which may affect other parts of your baby’s body.
For a simple and easy way to understand the symptoms associated with CMA, you can use our symptom checklist.
This will allow you to select all the symptoms that your baby may have that can be cows' milk-related. You can then discuss these with your doctor.
In any case, if you have any doubts or concerns about your baby’s health, you should always seek advice from a medical professional as soon as possible.
Cows’ milk allergy (CMA) is a common food allergy in baby’s and young children but it is often challenging to diagnose and may take many months and doctors appointments. If you suspect that your baby might have cows’ milk allergy, you can use SmilesBack to help shorten the journey to diagnosis and help put smiles back where they belong.
SmilesBack is an easy-to-use app that has been developed with allergy experts and tested by parents. It enables you to easily record your baby’s symptoms and feeds and summarise them in a one-page, expert-designed report, to support your doctor before they make a diagnosis.