Coping With Colic

colicky-babyThe term colic is used to describe uncontrollable crying in an otherwise healthy baby.  If your baby is suffering from colic, there’s no need to worry as around 20% of babies become colicky. It usually happens when your baby is 2 or 3 weeks old, and normally passes by the time they are 3 months old. Dealing with constant crying throughout the night can be really tough- read on for our tips on how to cope.

1) Colic can be tough for you as well as your baby, so make sure you look after yourself.  Share the load with your partner, and take turns soothing your baby. Try and sleep whenever you can and if someone offers to help it’s ok to accept it. If things get too much, take a break and put your down in a safe place so you can take a quick break to calm down.

2) Although you’ll probably be feeling exhausted and worn out, it’s important to remember colic won’t last forever.  Most babies grow out of the colic by the time they reach 3 months. Keep telling yourself that it’s just a phase!

3) There are a number of remedies that can help with colic, such as sitting your baby upright during feeding, holding your baby in different positions, using white noise to soothe your baby and reducing your consumption of caffeine containing drinks if breastfeeding. Whatever you try, make sure you give it a fair try.

4) One of the best things to do when your baby is colicky is to go out and get some fresh air.  Place your baby in a stroller or carrier and take a walk in your local park.

5) Try giving your baby a soothing warm bath.  Warm baths can relieve baby from wind and colic. After you have bathed your baby, lay him on a dry towel and cycle his legs in the air to further soothe him.

6) Some colicky babies seem to find comfort when they are being swaddled. A baby sling baby help as it means your baby can be held close to you whilst you are still hands free.

7) If you are bottle feeding, try switching to an anti-colic bottle as they are designed to make your baby less windy after his feed.

8) Herbal teas can work well with a colicky baby. Fennel tea in particular has the ability to soothe a windy baby, as do camomile and peppermint teas. Offer baby a teaspoon of the herbal tea, or dilute it in water and give to them in a bottle.

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