Sometimes parents that appear to be under stress are blamed for
their baby’s colic.
There is no actual evidence that this is true, and parents
should never be blamed for their baby’s crying; of course, caring for a baby
that cries excessively is going to put extra stress on someone.
Cause #3: Immaturity
It has been
suggested that the excessive crying associated with colic might be a cause of
the baby simply having trouble adjusting to the new world around them.
Cause #4: Excess Wind
One of the more
popular theories of the cause of colic is the baby having too much wind. Babies
with colic do appear to struggle with this, but it is likely an effect rather
than a cause as crying can cause swallowing of air.
Cause #5: Abdominal Pain
belief of what causes colic is that the excessive crying is a result of the
baby experiencing abdominal pain.
During crying episodes, babies with colic
often exhibit symptoms of abdominal pain such as pulling their legs up towards
How do I know if my baby has colic?
cry for many reasons so colic should not be the first assumption when a baby is
If your baby is crying for more than 3 hours at a time,
it’s best that you contact your baby’s
There is no test for colic, but your baby’s doctor can rule out
other conditions in order to diagnose colic if that is indeed what your baby is
Babies with colic usually show the following symptoms:
Crying for more than 3 hours a day
Pulling their legs up into their stomach
Not being able to be easily soothed
Face turning red
Passing wind, especially at the end of a crying fit
Soothing Your Colicy Baby
with a crying baby can be very stressful, especially if it’s your first baby. Nothing is guaranteed to calm a colicy baby, but there are plenty of things you
You may find that several things work well for your baby, or you may
find that nothing will calm your baby.
do your best and try to stay as calm as you can.
Tip #1: Check that your baby’s basic needs are met
first thing you should do any time that your bub is upset is to make sure that
all of their most basic needs are met.
This means making sure that they are not
hungry or tired and that their diaper is clean and dry. Also make sure that
they are not too hot or cold and that there is no obvious discomfort such as
too tight or itchy clothing.
Tip #2: Bounce your baby
simple but proven way to calm a baby is bouncing.
It’s often a natural instinct
to bounce a fussy baby, and many babies
find it to be calming.
If bouncing alone doesn’t work, you can try a
combination of bouncing and something else such as walking or patting.
Tip #3: Use a baby sling
baby sling can have many benefits including calming your baby. It facilitates
closeness between you and your bub, and can make your bub feel safe.
It also makes it easier on you to keep bub
close as you’ll have your hands free.
Tip #4: Swaddle your baby
age-old practice of swaddling your baby can be very helpful if you have a fussy
baby. By snugly wrapping your baby in blanket, you help them to feel comfy and secure.
Swaddling also has many
other benefits such as helping your baby to sleep longer and better.
Tip #5: Take your baby out of the house
you’re having trouble calming your baby, some fresh air can do you both good. Take your baby for a walk in the
Alternatively, you could go on a drive with your baby. Many babies settle
in the car.
Tip #6: Provide a soothing environment
sure that your baby’s environment is calm and soothing can be helpful in aiding
your baby to settle.
You can do this by keeping
the lights low and playing soft calming music.
Tip #7: Give your baby a dummy
is something that a baby instinctually does to provide themselves with comfort.
Providing your baby with a dummy can allow
them to calm themselves. On the other hand, dummies have their pros and cons and whether to dummy or not to dummy, is a debate for a different day!
Be sure that breastfeeding is well-established
before offering your baby a dummy.
Tip #8: Give your baby a bath
bathing your baby when you need to help them relax. The warm water can be very
You could even bathe with your baby as skin to skin contact is often useful when attempting to calm a
Tip #9: Keep yourself calm
can be difficult to stay calm when you’re caring for a baby that’s suffering
from colic, but getting yourself all
worked up will probably only exasperate your baby’s crying.
and softly talking to your baby can help them to know you’re there for them and
to settle down. If you become too overwhelmed, pass baby to your partner,
relative, or a friend so that you can take a break.
If you’re alone with baby
and become too overwhelmed, put baby in a safe place and leave the room for a
moment to calm yourself down.
Treatment of Colic
is no official recommended treatment of colic.
Some parents choose to try gripe water. Gripe water is an oral
liquid that you can buy over the counter that is supposed to resolve colic and
other problems like wind.
However, there is a lack in evidence that it actually
works for babies with colic. Colic will resolve on its own, usually within a
few weeks. Colic usually begins in the first weeks of a baby’s life and is at
its worst around 6 to 8 weeks.
Even though there is no treatment for colic, you
should still consult your baby’s doctor
to rule out any other potentially serious problems.
living with and caring for a baby suffering from colic, you may feel as though
this challenging time in your baby’s life will never end.
It can be stressful
and overwhelming to deal with a colicy baby, especially for new parents.
Remember that it’s okay and normal to feel that way. Take comfort in knowing
that you are not alone. Colic in
babies is very common and many other parents go through it.
Take any help you
can get, and try to be patient. Colic usually only lasts a few weeks so this is only a tiny part of your baby’s
life and will be over before you know it.
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