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WHY DOES MY BABY CRY ALL THE TIME? Ask an online physician

Does your baby cry all the time? Crying babies can be so distressing for parents. Have you seen your doctor about it? Getting professional advice and insight for matters like this can help calm you down mentally and emotionally. You can get an online video consultation with an online physician in Pakistan so the doctor can see and hear your baby cry in real time. It’s tough to leave home with a crying baby. No matter what city you live in, an online doctor in Pakistan can help you manage your child at home. 

Why do babies cry so much?

Babies that cry more often than other babies are called ‘colicky babies’. Also known as infantile colic, it is defined as episodes of crying for more than three hours a day, for more than three days a week, for three weeks in an otherwise healthy child. 

To make sure that your child is not crying because of an illness or some other underlying cause, go see your doctor so those reasons can be ruled out. A conventional doctor’s visit may take longer than you expect with appointment scheduling and commutes. But finding an online doctor in Pakistan by booking an online doctor appointment is much quicker. 

An online doctor will take a detailed history and evaluate the baby on video call. If the doctor feels like a more detailed examination is needed in person then you will be guided accordingly. Once medical causes are ruled out and colic is confirmed then you can work out a management with your online physician accordingly.

How do you know if your baby has colic?

A colicky baby often cries in the evening, is not otherwise ill and it typically does not result in long-term problems. The crying can cause parents to become frustrated, depressed following delivery, tired from repetitive visits to the doctor, and in some cases even child abuse. 

How common is colic?

Studies show that colic affects 10–40% of children, most commonly occurring at six weeks of age and typically goes away by six months. It rarely lasts up to one year of age. It occurs affects both boys and girls equally. 

What causes colic?

There is no well-known cause of colic. Some people believe it has a genetic component but there is no data to support this claim. Some infants may have an underlying medical condition that contributes to colic, but those amount to fewer than 5% of infants. For instance, infants may suffer from constipation, gastroesophageal reflux disease, lactose intolerance, anal fissures, subdural hematomas, or infantile migraine.

If your child is colicky, you have probably been to the doctor multiple times already and came back home with the same diagnosis of colic. However, the next time your baby cries uncontrollably you feel compelled to go again. Stay connected with online physicians in Pakistan by downloading an online doctor app on your smartphone. Register to it for free, search the online clinic list of Pakistan and book an online doctor appointment in Lahore or whatever city you live in. 

Some experts believe that babies who are fed cow's milk have been shown to develop antibody responses to the bovine protein, causing colic. Most doctors have an inconsistent opinion about this stance as studies performed showed conflicting evidence about the role of cow's milk allergy. In any case, cow’s milk should not be given to child before 1 year of age. 

Some colicky babies also have gas. It is not certain if gas contributes to the colic or gas builds up by babies swallowing excess air while crying. Some believe it is due to gastrointestinal discomfort like intestinal cramping, but Another theory supporting colic is related to hyperperistalsis of the digestive tube (increased mobility of the gut). Doctors tend to prescribe anti-colic drops after which symptoms have improved, so this may be a probable cause. 

Colic drops are usually available over the counter, but if yours requires a prescription then your online physician can write one for you. Why dwell in a hospital waiting room for a simple prescription when you can get one from your online doctor?

Some people live in areas that are from the city and don’t have access to reliable medical facilities. Online physicians are a great option for people living in rural and remote regions. Get an expert medical opinion from wherever you at My live doctors. Get treated by qualified healthcare professionals for basic health issues like, diarrhea, allergies and the flu. If you have a chronic condition like high blood pressure find an online physician in Pakistan and manage your blood pressure from home. 

How do you soothe a colicky baby?

It’s not easy managing a colicky baby. There is no single treatment to make colic go away, but there are different methods you can use to make life easier for both you and your colicky baby.

Please note that if your baby is not hungry, don't force-feed your child. This may aggravate the condition. Experts emphasize on trying to console your baby and no matter how hard that may be, that should be your prime focus. You can also:

  • Walk, rock or bounce your baby.
  • Always burp your baby after feeds.
  • Rub your baby's back.
  • Try putting your baby in a swing or vibrating seat. 
  • Put your baby in a car seat and go for a ride. 
  • Play music to distract the child.

Caring for a colicky baby can be very frustrating, so don’t hesitate to ask for help. You and your partner can take turns looking after the baby and family and friends should provide support whenever they can. Take consolation in the fact that your baby will outgrow this phase. 

For more guidance or expert clinical advice, connect to an online physician in Pakistan with the My live doctors mobile app. Stay connected through text messages and share information online with pictures and video calls. Whatever suits you. 

If however, you feel like your child is falling ill, develops a fever and is crying for more than a 3-4 hour stretch, go to the nearest Emergency room and get it checked out. Until you get there you can consult with you online physician as well to make sure you’re doing everything that you’re supposed to. You can never be too safe when it comes to childcare. For more information go to http://mylivedoctors.com.