Everyone knows someone who had a colicky baby and has war-like stories. If you have never experienced colic, be thankful. Babies can cry as long as three hours, from waking up to falling asleep. There is no known cause to colic, but below are some remedies you should always have ready. Even if they are old wives’ tales, you’ll be desperate to try anything.
1. Lots of white noise – Often moderately loud and regular noise can distract baby from his discomfort. Run your faucet, a fan, an air conditioner, a vacuum, or a white noise machine.
2. Take baby for a ride – If your baby is one of those who fall asleep well in cars, take him for a ride when the crying is the worst. But gas is expensive, so try a baby swing or a seat with a low-intensity vibration setting.
3. A warm towel – Colic is believed to be caused by gas your baby can’t pass. A warm towel laid over the abdomen and chest helps gas move outward and reduces heartburn.
4. Stop serving cow’s milk – There’s a theory that the protein cow’s milk is the culprit. Your baby might not be able to digest it properly. Switch baby back to formula or (if you can still) breastmilk for another month or two.
5. Stay calm – This is more of a remedy for mom and dad, but it’s worth mentioning. You can’t soothe your baby if you are so frazzled you can hardly think. Take turns holding the baby and in the worst cases, place the baby down in the crib and let him cry rather than do something you would regret out of stress.
6. Nurse often – Children find nursing comforting and soothing. It gives them something reassuring to focus on and not on their distress. Even if you doubt your baby is hungry, offer your breast to relax him.
7. Give a baby massage – Relax your baby by gently pressing on his arms, legs, tummy and shoulders as if you were giving a massage. Use a rolling motion down the abdomen to push out any gas that might be causing discomfort.
8. Swaddle your baby up – Not only is the secure position within a swaddle comforting to your little one, but the pressure will help equalize any strain he is feeling from gas on the inside.
9. Speak with your pediatrician – Don’t assume your baby has colic without getting advice from your doctor. Something else might be at play. To give your doctor all the right information, keep a journal documenting the times and durations of your baby’s cries, as well as other general information like nap times and feedings.
Written by Christine Barlow, Inventor of 5 Phases Eco-Friendly Baby Bottle System
Mom Christine Barlow is the inventor of 5 Phases eco-friendly and non-toxic baby bottles, the safest and healthiest way to bottle feed your baby. Her inspiration in creating an alternative to traditional feeding bottles came after the birth of her 1lb 7oz micro-preemie baby. Having a compromised child, she became aware how environmental factors were affecting our children. With all the concerns of plastics and infants being the most vulnerable, she felt there was a need for more options for parents who wanted to use glass. She knew she had to act – and the 5 Phases Hybrid Glass Baby Bottles were born.
5 Phases is dedicated to helping families achieve a healthier and organic lifestyle. Starting with baby, they develop products keeping both the environment and health of your family in mind. And when it comes to your baby nothing else will do – Christine knows, she’s a mom too!
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