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How to soothe crying colicky baby?

How to soothe crying colicky baby?

For you as parents, it is normal to feel frustrated, anxious, stressful or even annoyed- ‘When your baby is crying nonstop for hours and is uncontrollable’. This condition of constant crying in infants when they cry for more than 3 hours and repeat this behavior atleast 3-4 days in a week is known as Colic; and the baby is addressed as colicky baby. Usually colic starts at an age of 2 weeks, maximizes at 6 weeks, and vanishes by 16 weeks.

Symptoms of a colicky baby include apparent abdominal pain, a swollen tummy, irritation, gassiness, and long crying typically in the evening and lasting for hours.

Here are some tips to soothe your baby:

  • Swaddle your baby. Some babies respond fine to being wrapped tightly.
  • Try some steady rhythm movements like swing your baby in your arms. Take your baby for a car ride or for a walk in stroller.
  • Try some sounds to divert your baby, like clothes dryer, fan, vacuum cleaner, white-noise machine.
  • Massage. Lay the baby in a tummy-down position; gently rub their back to help release the gas.
  • Give warmth, through warm (not hot) water bath or put a warm cloth on baby’s tummy.
  • Lay your baby on back; softly move the legs in a pedaling motion to help discharge gas.
  • Never over feed your baby. This can cause gas and uneasiness. Feed little at a time or at least after every 2 hours.
  • If you’re nursing your baby; avoid dairy products with caffeine, garlic, onions, broccoli, cabbage, and spicy foods in your diet. Or, if baby is formula-fed, ask the pediatrician about switching to other soy or protein or hypoallergenic or iron rich formula.
  • You can also opt for some herbal remedies such as chamomile, or gripe water, or Simethicone gas drops. But administer these only after confirmation from a doctor.

Remember, understanding what works for your baby may take some time because every colicky baby’s body metabolism is different. Get your baby examined by the doctor to make sure that there are no medical or feeding issues.

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