Coping with Colic

Coping with Colic

Does your baby cry nonstop at regular times of the day? If he or she cannot be calmed, your baby may have colic. This condition can last 2 to 3 months. After that, colic tends to stop on its own. To help you and baby cope, try these tips:

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The feel and scent of a parent brings special comfort to a baby. Touch tells your infant he or she is not alone. Try these hints when baby is crying:

  • Use music and motion. Sing and sway.

  • Gently stroke your baby’s back or head.

  • Massage your baby’s arms and legs.

  • Let your baby hold or suck your finger.

  • Offer a feeding. It may stop a newborn’s tears.

  • Stay calm. The baby can sense your moods.

When Cries Don’t Stop

  • Carry your baby in a sling or in a front pack.

  • Give baby a breath of fresh air. Take your infant outside. Walk around a bit. If it’s cold, make sure you’re both bundled up.

  • Most babies like motion and background noise. Take baby for a ride in the car. Or run a vacuum cleaner or a clothes drier so that baby can hear it.

  • Put baby down for a rest. Leave the room, but listen outside the door. If the cries start to lessen, your little one just needs some time to settle.

  • If baby’s constant crying makes you angry or very upset, get help. Ask your partner, a friend, or a family member to watch the baby. Then take time to calm yourself. You may want to talk with your doctor for support.

  • Take care of yourself so you can care for baby. Eat healthy foods and nap when baby sleeps.

  • Contact the hospital, new parent groups, or a lactation consultant for advice.