Having a colicky baby cry for long periods can drive even the most hardened of us to tears. Some new born tend to have a problem with their digestion, and this causes their tummies to hurt. While it is a fact that over time these infants will outgrow this pain and their digestion become more effective, it is also true that this can take up to three months.
Having to deal with a colicky baby requires some special attention. Here are some tips:
- Soft soothing music – The importance of music in a baby or infant’s life is often overlooked. However, you will be surprised to learn how well these kids will respond to soft soothing music. Soothing music should be played when the child is getting upset and cranky. Keep the environment soft and easy and let the therapeutic music get to work.
- Gentle rocking – There are some colicky babies who will respond positively to being gently rocked. Patting gently on the back while swaying the baby will also work since the child draws comfort from all of this. However, a word of caution, this rocking can make the baby dependent on you and you may end up having to rock the child to sleep long after the colic attacks are over.
- Massages – The colic pains are caused due to stomach gas and if you can massage the baby’s tummy gently in circular motions, you maybe able to help. A colic baby responds well to tender body massages also and it will help to use some baby oil while giving these massages.
- Anti- colic drops – There are some anti-colic drops that work for some children. Speak to your pediatrician about these. These drops have helped some kids while there are some who do not find them effective. Certain brands work for certain kids while others are more effective for other infants. In short, this is more or less a hit and trial method.
- Identify pattern – It is a fact that sometimes the infant may have a pattern to the pain. Some children suffer from colic pain when they feed on a certain brand of milk powder, others seem to be facing the problem when mommy is feeding them and she eats a certain type of food. It will help to identify the cause of the problem and if you find a pattern to this pain, you will surely be able to control it too.
Colicky babies can suffer quite a bit. Sadly most of these babies suffer more in the evenings and night. However, keep your patience since this paid will be history by the time the child is 3 months.