AN AYURVEDIC PERSPECTIVE IN THE UNDERSTANDING AND MANAGEMENT OF UDARASHOOLA (INFANTILE COLIC) IN INFANT
Crying is one of the essential behaviors to communicate the demands of the baby so that it can be fulfilled by the parents. Prolonged crying is a source of anxiety and distress for the parents & challenge for the doctor. Infantile colic is a diagnosis of exclusion for prolonged cry in early infancy. It is described as paroxysmal crying. Infantile colic is one, which exhibits a symptom complex of paroxysmal abdominal pain presumably of intestinal origin associated with severe crying. It usually occurs in infants younger than 3 months of age. The important reason of this symptom is aerophagia. Infantile colic is defined according to wessel's criteria, but symptoms are restricted to crying for more than three hours a day, for more than three days a week, for more than three weeks. Ayurvedic classics describes the features of Udarshoola (colic) as the child rejects the breast, cries, sleeps in supine position, has stiffness of abdomen, feeling of cold and perspiration on face.
Key words: Infantile colic, Udarashoola, Wessel’s criteria.