Treating Colic in Babies
More or less 40% of infants experience colic and starts as early as 3 weeks of age and ends as late as when the baby is 4 months old. Colicky babies are usually healthy unless the baby is not feeding well, has problem with weight gain, or have an issue with sucking reflex.
Causes of Colic
While the doctors are not sure of its cause, they suggest that intolerance with cow’s milk is one of the main culprits. Nevertheless, breastfed babies can suffer from colic, too. And in case of breastfed babies, changes in diet of the breastfeeding mother may help.
There is no proven treatment for colic, but there are ways to ease it and make life easier for both the baby and the mother (or carer).
- Doctors suggest to not try to feed a baby who is not hungry. If the baby is crying or irritable, and if he is not hungry, try consoling him. Don’t worry, there is no such thing as a spoiled baby.
- You can also try to walk your baby around the house and try sitting on a rocking chair.
- Don’t forget to burp him after feedings. Gas is one of the suspected causes of colic.
- Put your baby in a rocking baby chair or vibrating seat. This can have a soothing effect.
- Use the constant low noise of a vacuum cleaner, clothes dryers, or a white noise machine to soothe him.
- While some requires stimulation, other babies need to be swaddled and be in a dark room.
It can be frustrating for parents to care for a baby with colic. Keep in mind that colic is not anyone’s fault, so don’t blame yourself if your baby is constantly crying because of this. You can take a time out from caring your little one. Ask a relative or trusted friend if they can look after the baby for a couple of hours so you can recharge. Sometimes, you need to soothe yourself first before trying to take care of a colicky baby because parents need to panic at times and feel stressed out, as well.