Colic In Babies: 14 Effective Ways To Deal With It

Newborns happen to cry a lot. This is the only mode of communication for them to express their discomfort – whether sleepy, tired, or hungry. Your baby’s crying may not mean he or she’s unhealthy. However, if your baby is crying intensely and for a long period of time, he or she may be colic.

Moreover, you will know there are colic problem in your babies when you notice symptoms like screaming and crying, maybe pulling in the legs, arching the back, or clenching the fists.

What Causes Colic In Babies? 

The real reason behind the signs and symptoms of colic in your newborn is not entirely known. However, experts believe that gas, food allergy, and acid reflux are definitely some of the reasons behind this condition.

What Are The Remedies For Colic In Babies?

Your doctor may suggest you manage the situation by trying out different breastfeeding positions as well as different comfort measures. However, out of the many comfort measures, you can try out these home remedies to help treat colic in babies. And the techniques are as follows:

Allow Tummy Time Gradually In Your Colic Baby

Make your little one lie on their tummy across your stomach or lap. Your little one’s position should be such that you can face your baby. Encourage your baby to do this exercise for 10 to 15 minutes. This undoubtedly is a perfect colic relief technique.

Make Your Little One Sit Up After He or She’s Fed

Sitting up is a very sweet milestone that your cuddly and chubby baby might achieve in due time. However, after feeding your child, make him or her sit up. Your baby might experience gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) after you feed her. Make the baby sit up straight to reduce this tendency and crankiness.

Hold Your Colicky Baby For Long

Most of the time, colicky babies respond positively to being held carefully and close to your chest. All that you need to do is hold your baby for a long period of time. So, hug him or her, kiss her, and cuddle her to increase your bond with him or her and make the child cry less.  You can also alternatively buy a baby carrier to hold your little one.

Rock or Swing The Baby

While being in the womb, your baby floats in the warm comfort of the amniotic fluid. Now you have the baby in your arms, give him or her almost the same feeling by holding him or her comfortably, and rocking the baby for a long period of times. You can alternatively purchase a swing to keep the baby calm.

Swaddle Your Little One

Wrap your little one comfortably and warmly. However, keep your baby’s legs loose, so that the baby can move the legs freely.

Pacify Your Colicky Baby

Your baby may be full, but if he or she’s crying intensely, offering your little one a pacifier is a way out. Pacifiers can calm down your crying baby and make him or her feel relaxed.

Massage Your Baby

Massaging your little one can help your baby’s digestion and keep your little one relaxed. Rub your baby’s arms, legs, and belly in a circular motion with olive or coconut oil, as well as other essential oils. You can alternatively read books to learn the baby massaging technique.

Give Your Little One a Warm Bath

After giving your little one a gentle oil massage, giving your baby bath in warm water can be a natural remedy for colic in babies. Warm water can relieve your colic pain.

Apply Warm Compress

Soak a towel in warm water, squeeze it dry and rub over your colic baby’s tummy gently. This provides your baby with some relief.

Try The Pedaling Exercise

Put your baby on his or her back. Hold the baby’s ankles together. Take each leg of your baby and hold them close to your baby’s tummy or chest for a few seconds and repeat it. This is an easy burping technique and one of the effective ways to reduce colic pain in your baby.

Feed Your Baby With Probiotics

Researchers say that giving probiotics to your baby suffering from colic pain can help his or her digestive system.

  • It may positively affect your baby’s immunity
  • improves the lining of the intestine
  • can definitely balance the bacteria in your baby’s digestive system.

Stroll Outside The House With Your cry-cry Baby

Put your little one in a stroller or carrier and go for a walk. You can alternatively, take your baby out for a drive, by strapping him or her to a car seat. Sometimes, a change in location can improve your baby’s mood perfectly.

Focus On Your Food

If you’re breastfeeding, try to avoid dairy products. Along with this, remove gas–inducing veggies like cauliflower and cabbage. Also, keep your caffeine-intake at bay.

Think About Yourself

Symptoms of colic in babies start when your baby is around 6 weeks old and end after he or she’s 3 or 4 months old. But we know that colic is not easy for you to handle. It can make you feel tired. So, take breaks at least for 10 to 15 minutes. Tune in to some of your favourite music, and discuss the problem with your partner, family members, and friends. But, don’t forget to pay attention to your baby, while you’re listening to music.

Having said all of that, try not to give colic medicine, without consulting your child’s specialist. Moreover, you need to discuss this with your baby’s paediatrician before making any changes to your baby’s diet.

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