Editor’s Note: My son had severe colic from about 2 weeks after his birth. When Truett was 6 weeks old, my husband and I read the book Contented Little Baby Book by Gina Ford and immediately implemented the schedule for our baby. His colic was cured within 1 DAY. Although we were not first-time parents, we learned an extraordinary amount of information from this book. All of our future babies will be on Gina Ford’s eating sleeping schedule (to the minute) from birth.
Colic Cures for a Crying Baby
Soothing a crying baby suffering from colic is not an easy task. When a crying baby refuses to settle down even after many attempts from the parents, it can be very frustrating and traumatic. First, read Colic in Babies – Why Does Baby Cry? to learn what colic is and its possible causes. Then read on to find out possible cures for colic.
How can you help your baby?
- First of all, notice the time of the day when the baby starts crying and keep a daily record. Check if there are any patterns, pertaining to reactions to the feed or sleeping habits.
- Certain foods, such as diary products, in the mother’s diet could be one of the main reasons for colic if you are breast feeding you baby. Eliminate dairy products and any other food which you think could be the reason for a while and check if your baby is getting any relief. Make sure to only eliminate one food at a time, so you’ll know which one is responsible for the colic symptoms.
- If you are feeding your baby from a bottle, make sure the shape of the bottle is appropriate and doesn’t cause the baby to suck too much air during the feed.
- Consult your doctor if these steps do not bring relief for your colicky baby. He or she may have other recommendations for you to try.
What are the immediate steps you can take?
- Some colicky babies calm down if they are rocked in a cradle or held in your arms while you are in a rocking chair.
- Let your baby move its legs freely. Ease the pressure on the stomach by loosening clothing or diaper tapes.
- Cajoling and carrying the crying baby while walking around can help some babies. Your body heat and soothing can help the baby ease the pain.
- You can play music or sing to your baby.
- Taking your baby for a walk in the pram/stroller or for a ride in the car could help.
- While feeding the baby, you should go slow and let the baby take its own time.
- Let your baby burp more often after and during feeds to help eliminate gas.
- Since it’s mostly the stomach of your baby that hurts, try a simple massage or a warm water sponge bath to soothe the pain.
- Holding your baby tight or swaddling/wrapping it up in a light blanket can help ease the crying.
What should you avoid?
- Don’t overfeed your crying baby, it will only worsen the situation.
- Avoid noisy places with many people, it could aggravate the colic.
- Don’t feed your baby any food products with high concentration of sugar.
- Don’t get anxious, upset or excited. A calm environment is a must for a crying baby suffering from colic.
Be calm and help your baby overcome this situation; your soothing is the best immediate cure for colic. Remember that colic will eventually go away on its own if none of the remedies work for your baby.
Baby photo by Ollie Crafoord.
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