According to research, more than twenty percent of babies will develop colic during the first four months of life. Colic isn’t a disease or a disorder, but rather a medical condition that many parents will simply have to deal with until the infant grows out of it.
While there isn’t a permanent solution for Colic, parents can do a few things to help alleviate the symptoms during the first four months of life when colic is most prevalent.
Whether your baby is nursing or bottle fed, baby is used to having something in his or her mouth. When baby cries and takes in air baby can develop colic. Using a pacifier will help baby to remain calm and prevent excessive intake of air.
Pick him up
Experts once said that babies shouldn’t be picked up simply because they’re crying. Experts were wrong. A crying baby is again taking in air and causing colic symptoms. Picking up a crying baby and comforting said baby is a great step in alleviating colic. This teaches the child that he or she is safe and in time a simple soft voice will suffice.
When babies were in the womb they heard every sound that you heard. Playing a recording of your voice reading a story or singing softly will go far in keeping a sleeping baby soothed. Alternately a soft CD of lullaby or classical type music will also help for most infants.
If baby is breastfed consider the foods that mother is eating. Most culprits are gas producing foods such as green peppers, broccoli, cauliflower etc. Eliminating these foods from mothers diet will often help baby reduce colic.
A nice soothing walk in the stroller
We’ve all heard stories of the child that always falls asleep in the car but never at home. A simple car ride around the block soothes many a baby. Alternates could be sitting the infant car seat on the dryer or going for a nice soothing walk in the stroller.
Some babies have been content with a soothing bath or a small hot water type bottle on their tummy. Be sure to wrap a small hot water bottle in a towel and use only warm water to prevent burns to baby. A warm blanket might also help soothe a fussy baby.
Babies fuss because they can’t tell us what is wrong. As a parent it’s up to you to figure out how to best soothe your child. Not every idea will work on every baby. Some ideas will work one time and not another. Learn to discern your baby’s cry and treat each cry accordingly.
As in all medical situations, if colic continues seek a doctors advice. It’s also helpful to know that if it is colic, most babies outgrow it by around four months of age with no lasting effects.