COLIC

Support and Advice for Dealing with a Colic Baby

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Colic

If your baby is constantly crying from colic, try some of the following techniques to help them settle:

  • If your baby seems to have a lot of gas, burp them frequently.
  • Wrapping or “swaddling” your baby can help to calm them.
  • Walking around while rocking and patting your baby can be soothing.
  • Baby slings can help keep your hands free if your baby wants to be held.
  • Many babies soothe themselves by sucking, so offer your baby a dummy.
  • Give your baby a rub on the back or a gentle massage on the tummy.
  • Try giving your baby a calming bath.
  • Check that your baby is not too hot or cold or uncomfortable in some way.
  • Some babies may find harsh lights distressing, so soft lighting may help.
  • Soft music or noise that has a beat or rhythm, such as a loud clock can help some babies.
  • Take your baby for a walk in a pram or sling or for a ride in the car.
Caring for a constantly crying baby with colic can be extremely distressing and taking care of yourself is important too. If you can feel yourself becoming overwhelmed, here are some suggestions to help you cope:
  • Put your child in a safe place, such as a cot, and leave the room. If you have a partner, take turns looking after the baby so you can each have a break.
  • Walk around the house or go outside.
  • Relax your body by dropping your shoulders, clenching and unclenching your fists and stretching your back, arms and legs.
  • Take some time out to have something to eat to refresh you.
  • Do something physical like running if you can manage it. If you have a jogging pram you can take your baby with you.
  • Ask friends or relatives for support. Let them hold your baby while your baby is crying so that you can have a break. They’ll know that it’s only for a short time and that you will be able to take over again soon.