How to Soothe Your Colicky Baby
Colic is a condition that causes pain in your infant’s gastrointestinal tract. It generally peaks at about four to six weeks of age and usually subsides around your baby’s third month. Read further to know about soothing your colicky baby.
Symptoms include abdominal pain, gassiness, a distended belly, irritability, and long, inconsolable bouts of crying, usually starting in the early evening and lasting for hours. No one is really sure of the cause, but a lot of doctors blame the baby’s diet — either something the nursing mother is eating or a sensitivity to formula.
How to soothe your colicky baby:
Walk your baby kangaroo-style. With your baby in a front carrier walk him around the house, or outside if it’s nice out.
Hold your baby in the “colic carry.” Position your baby so that his stomach rests on your forearm and his head is supported in the palm of your hand or the crook of your arm.
Rock your baby in your arms. Take him for a ride in the car, or for a walk in his stroller. The rhythm of any kind of movement is soothing for a colicky baby.
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Place your child, securely strapped in his car seat, on top of a running clothes dryer, be sure to hold the seat to prevent it from vibrating off the machine.
Swaddle him. Some babies respond well to being wrapped tightly, especially while being rocked.
Give him a massage. Lay your baby tummy-down across your legs and gently rub his back to help release gas.
Play white noise, such as a recording of rain or even the sound of a vacuum cleaner, can calm your baby.
Reduce stimulation. Lower the lights, close the curtains, reduce the noise around the house, and speak or sing softly to your baby.
Provide warmth. Place a warm washcloth on your baby’s tummy or give him a warm bath.
Pedal his legs. With your baby on his back, gently move his legs in a pedaling motion to help him release gas.
Adjust your baby’s diet. If you’re nursing and if none of the above seems to help, try changing your own diet by eliminating dairy products, caffeine, onions, cabbage, broccoli, garlic, and spicy foods. If your baby is formula-fed, ask the pediatrician about switching to a soy-based, predigested, or another hypoallergenic formula.
If nothing seems to do the trick, put the colicky baby down in their crib or swing, make yourself a cup of tea and calm yourself down. You’ll be able to soothe your baby a lot easier if they don’t pick up on your anxiety.
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