Baby colic refers to frequent periods of crying in an otherwise healthy baby.
According to WebMD, colic generally lasts for at least three hours per day and is often accompanied by periods of restlessness. It’s no fun having a fussy baby turning around your babydaddy who just wants to sleep, but it can be doubly difficult for you—especially if you don’t know how to treat or soothe colic pain. Below are some helpful tips that have helped moms soothe their babies with stubborn tummies.
- Burp your baby frequently- Gassy babies are more likely to be fussy! Burping after every 2-3 ounces consumed will help keep the air released from their tummy. Plus, without gas, your little one will have less discomfort when moving around in their seat.
- Eat before bedtime- It may sound odd, but eating a snack before going to bed could help soothe a fussy baby. You can eat something nutritious like a banana or you can opt for something sweet, like a glass of warm milk or a slice of toast.
- Avoid feeding during the night- As much as you want to give your baby what they need, you need to avoid feeding them during the night. This will help to keep your baby’s stomach full and help keep you and your partner from waking up to feed them.
- Don’t stress out- Many moms have told me that they get stressed out when their baby won’t stop crying. While it’s normal to be concerned when your baby cries, it’s so important to remember that your baby is fine and crying is totally normal.
- Don’t let others pressure you into giving your baby a bottle- Many moms have told me that formula is the only way their baby will stop crying. While this may be true, it is important to remember that breastfeeding is the best way to feed your baby. You would be shocked by how well your baby responds to breast milk, even if you don’t want to breastfeed.
- Avoid holding your baby in the car seat- When your baby is fussy, you may want to hold them in the car seat. Unfortunately, this can lead to a terrible crying bout. Instead, try to hold them in a carrier or swing.
- Be prepared with a cold washcloth- When your baby is fussy, a cold washcloth over their nose and mouth will help calm them down.
- Avoid the crying jag- When your baby is fussy, it’s natural to want to comfort them. However, if your baby is crying for more than 30 minutes, you should consider giving them some TLC.
- Don’t forget to eat- Sometimes, the only way that Mommy is going to get some sleep is to eat. If you are having a hard time falling asleep, try eating something before bedtime.
- Make sure you sleep well- You may be tempted to give your baby a bottle in the middle of the night, but be careful. When you sleep, your baby’s brain is the least active. If you are so exhausted that you’re not able to sleep, your baby will most likely cry.
If you are having a colicky baby, you may be wondering how to soothe your baby. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to dealing with colic. In fact, sometimes it is so severe that it interferes with your baby’s sleep. If your baby is showing signs of colic, I recommend speaking to your pediatrician for help.
If you have an older baby, make sure to have their bed time routine checked. Many children can fall asleep by 8 pm if they have a consistent bed time routine. If your child is still waking up at that time, it may be a sign that they are overtired and not getting enough rest. Make sure to keep their bedtime routine consistent and allow them to have a few naps if they are overtired.
If you are having trouble getting your child to sleep, you may want to try a calmative. There are many calming agents out there. Some are made for babies and some are made for older children.
You can also try gentle rocking. If your child is on a sleep stand, a gentle rocking motion can help them fall asleep.