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Infantile Colic


Infantile Colic


Infantile colic is characterized by paroxysms of irritability, fussing or crying lasting for a total of more than 3 hours per day,
lasting on more than 3 days in a week, for at least 3 weeks. 20% of infants experience colic especially during the first 6 weeks of life until 3 to 4 months of age. This is a mild and self-limiting condition and subsides with appropriate measures.

CAUSATION

Food habit change
Intussusception
Insufficient breast feeding
Intestinal Microbes
Lactose malabsorption


ColocynthIndicated remedy for colic. There is agonizing pain in the abdomen, causing patient to bend double, better by pressing on abdomen. Crampy, twisting, cutting pains. Patient is better by hard pressure and warmth.

Chamomilla: An oversensitive remedy well suited in children who are extremely irritable, snappish and restless mentally. Sensitivity to pain is very marked. Gripping pain in stomach with red cheeks and hot perspiration. One cheek of the child is red hot and other pale. Worse by heat, anger, open air. Infant feels better when carried. Hot green watery stools, slimy like chopped spinach with colic complaints.

Mag Phos: A great anti-spasmodic remedy for colic pains. Colic severe, forcing patient to bend double, relieved by warmth and rubbing. Flatulence with no relief. Sensitive to touch of clothing.

Lycopodium: Suited to well growing children with huge appetite. Colic with distension after feeds. Complaints get worse from 4 to 8pm. Child feels hungry even when ill. Worse from heat and better by warm drinks, eating, uncovering.

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