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All babies, at one point or another, go through a phase where they are fussy, irritable and cry for no apparent reason. This is quite normal, however, if they cry frequently despite your best efforts, they are trying to tell you something. There is a possibility that your baby might be colic. Now the question is what is colic? It is a condition wherein babies cry and display symptoms of distress and pain. There are a number of causes associated with colic babies. These include immature digestive system, allergic reactions, over stimulation, gas producing foods and acid reflux. As babies experience these, they may display several symptoms. These range from abdominal bloating and trapped stomach gas to sleeplessness and exhaustion. Apart from these symptoms and causes, parents should also look into autism. According to a recent study, there is evidence that autistic babies have digestive issues and may suffer from gas, bloating and abdominal pain.

Autism can be defined as a developmental disability where normal brain function is affected. This in turn affects both communication and social interaction skills. Babies with autism usually display symptoms in the first few years and have difficulty communicating. Some of the symptoms of autism include underdeveloped non verbal communication skills, lack of interest and empathy, disinterest in play activities and difficulty in understanding. If your baby is displaying any of the above symptoms, it is time to look into autism treatment methods. There are a number of ways in which you can treat autism in babies. With the help of behavioral training and management, you can effectively improve your baby’s behavior and communication skills. Specialized therapies are quite useful in managing autism.  Another way of managing autism is through diet. Avoiding foods like wheat and gluten and replacing them with vitamins can help your baby immensely.

Parents should beware of their baby’s serotonin levels. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter which is responsible for transmitting nerve impulses. It helps in the regulation of learning, sleep and constriction blood vessels. It is also found in the gut and helps in the contraction of intestines. Recent studies have suggested that there might be a connection between serotonin levels and SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). SIDS is the unexpected death of a baby under the age of one. This can be a result of low serotonin levels which can cause both autism and SIDS. In order to avoid this, parents are recommended to position their sleeping baby properly and should avoid soft bedding in their crib.  Furthermore, they must not expose the baby to cigarette smoke.

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