Baby Colic

If your otherwise healthy baby is crying and nothing you do seems to help and this is happening routinely, it may be that he/she has colic.

typical symptoms of a baby with colic:

  1. Crying / screaming continuously – for up to 3 hours at a time (and maybe even longer).
  2. Inconsolable during this time of crying.
  3. Baby will get very red in the face.
  4. Baby may pull his legs up to his tummy – seeming to seek relief in this manner.
  5. Tummy may be stiff.
  6. Baby may have lots of burps and gas.
  7. When crying episode over, baby may have a lot of gas or a loose bowel movement.
  8. These crying episodes usually take place in the late afternoon or early evening.
  9. These crying episodes usually take place every day.
For your own peace of mind, do know that colic is temporary and usually gets better when your baby is around 3 months old and ends by 5 months – so even though that may seem like a long time, it is not forever!

 

Colic Remedies For Babies

 

While you may feel distraught to see you little one in such a state, there are some things you can do to try and alleviate the distress your baby is experiencing.

 

While you may want to see your pediatrician and get his advice for your little one, there are some things you can try and see if any of them help your little one feel better.  What helps one baby does not necessarily help another – so keep trying until you find the thing that helps your baby.

 

  1. If you are using formula, you may want to try a different kind.
  2. Try a different style of bottle – some are made to reduce the air intake a baby has when eating.
  3. If you are breastfeeding – you may need to change your diet.  Some of the culprit foods could be:  caffeinated beverages, chocolate, dairy, onions, garlic, wheat, spicy foods and cruciferous vegetables like cabbage and broccoli.
  4. Don’t overfeed.
  5. When feeding, burp often.
  6. Massage your little one.  Sometimes rubbing their tummy or their back can help calm them and if they have gas, it can help relieve it.  You can also move their legs in a bicycle type motion – this can help move gas.
  7. Give them a bath.  Or they might like to be held in the shower with you – the warm water on their back can be very soothing.
  8. Some babies respond well to movement – baby swings can help with this.
  9. Keep a calm, peaceful environment in the house – some babies may feel overstimulated and a calm routine may help them.
  10. White noise of some sort may calm your baby.
  11. Music – some babies seem to respond well to soft, gentle music while others reportedly respond better to louder music.  See if either helps your child.
  12. Some have found that probiotics help.  Lactobacillus reuteris is a probiotic that has been studied for colic relief, and it’s available over-the-counter.  Check with your doctor first.
  13. You can fill a hot water bottle with warm water (not too hot!) and wrap it in a towel.  Hold this by your baby’s tummy.  The warmth on seems to soothe some babies.
  14. Take a drive in the car.  The movement, vibrations and noise have helped calm many babies with colic.
  15. Try swaddling your baby.  Watch the video below to learn how:

Try these various things and see if any help.  Having a baby with colic can by difficult. Be patient, even though it is hard.  If one thing does not help, try another.  Know that you are not a bad mom – your baby is just one of many that are afflicted with colic.

{photo credit: Kenny Louie}