My sister-in-law recently went through the experience of having a colicky newborn. Colic is still a bit of a riddle to doctors, but it’s characterized by a seemingly healthy baby that cries 3 or more hours a day, at least 3 days a week, for over at least a 3 week period. It eventually works itself out, but the hardest part of it all is trying to understand what, if anything, your baby needs. For already exhausted new moms, it can cause additional stress and sleep deprivation. As my sister-in-law went through this experience, It got us doing as much research as we could to learn how best to care for a colicky baby. Here are 8 tips she learned for what to do if your child has colic.
1. Call the Doctor
Even if there isn’t a more serious issue going on with Baby and you just have to wait out the crying fits, having that confirmation and peace of mind from your doctor will take a load off your back. Your doctor will also be able to build somewhat of a relationship with your baby and will be able to give you suggestions for how to care for your child. Furthermore, you’re a new mom. You just birthed a human being and your own health needs some caring for as well. In addition to calling the doctor for your child, get an appointment for yourself as well. After all, you can’t take proper care of Baby if you aren’t in good health yourself. Read more here about when to call a doctor.
2. Try Medicine
Check with your doctor first, but a little medicine might help ease the symptoms. My sister-in-law learned that colicky babies take in excessive gas as a result of all that crying, which can then lead to an upset tummy. If you suspect that this is the case, try Little Remedies colic products. It is an herbal solution that contains no artificial flavors, sweeteners, dyes, or alcohol.
3. Change Up The Menu
Although doctors are still working to pin point the exact causes of colic, there are studies that show colic is tied to milk protein allergies and/or intolerances. Dr. Vartabedian, author of “Colic Solved: The Essential Guide to Infant Reflux and the Care of Your Crying, Difficult-To-Soothe Baby”, says that perhaps as many as one in three babies with colic have some kind of milk protein allergy. Read more about Dr. Vartabedian’s research here. If you’re suspicious that your baby might be suffering from food allergies, consult with your doctor and try eliminating dairy for a few weeks to see if things improve. It’s also recommended that you avoid acidic and hard-to-digest foods such as cruciferous vegetables. Check out Udderly Amazing Goodies for more information on suggested nursing dietary choices.
4. Call In Reinforcements
Now is not the time to be prideful! You WILL be tired as a new mommy! You WILL get even more tired and frustrated with a colicky baby. You WILL need help! Who wouldn’t? Even if you can only get away for 30 minutes, call a friend or family member and have them take your baby just while you recharge for a bit.
5. White Noise
Some infants find it comforting to hear the dull beats and rhythms of white noise. Try placing Baby near a dishwasher or dryer to see if the background noise helps to calm your child. You can also try playing calming music or sounds such as rainfall or waterfalls. Scroll around on YouTube to find more options like this one.
6. Get Out
As Tall Mom Tiny Baby explains, being outside for a newborn is overwhelming. All the sounds, air, smells, and sights are a bit of a sensory overload and literally cause a baby’s body to shut down into a deep sleep in order to cope with all the newness. Don’t worry about what your neighbors will think if your baby is crying. Your baby’s well-being is more important than cranky adults who should be able to handle a bit of noise outside.
Like adults, an infant’s gut flora can become imbalanced leading to pain and discomfort. Increasing good bacteria in your child’s diet may help to promote the right bacterias while eliminating the bad. Learn more about probiotics for infants and how they can help ease the symptoms of colic here.
Baby has just spent her first and only 9 months of existence curled up next to another human being. She doesn’t know anything different. It’s possible that her crying is due to her struggle to adjust to being on her own. Invest in some swaddling gear to help keep your bundle or joy all bundled up herself. Babylist.com shares details on their best suggested swaddling gear of 2017.