Relieve Infant Colic

A baby with colic can be so discouraging to take care of.  As a parent you desire to have a cooing, happy baby.  In reality, however, your days are sure to be filled with anguish as you try everything to comfort your sweet baby.  Unless you’ve experienced a baby with colic, it’s very difficult to truly understand the stress this can put on a family.

If you are in the thick of it right now, and your baby is balled up, crying and uncomfortable, know that you all will survive this.  Most colic subsides by 6 months of age, typically even sooner.  Some colic can be caused by a food allergy.  Babies that are breast fed may have a difficult time digesting mothers milk if she is consuming dairy, wheat or gassy vegetables.  It is wise to remove these from your diet one at a time for a week and watch your infants reaction.  If their condition doesn’t change at all with the removal of these food items, then you may want to talk to the pediatrician about trying a lactose free, infant formula.  Some babies just have sensitive stomachs and even breast milk can prove to be disruptive. 

While waiting for the diet changes to take effect, you will still need to console and comfort your little crier. You will want to try many soothing techniques.  Try holding your baby on their tummy, over your harm.  This should put your hand between their legs and their head should rest on your forearm.  With your free hand, pat their back and rub from the lower back up.  Apply enough pressure to feel like a massage.

Another helpful hold to try while sitting, is laying the baby across your lap and very gently bouncing your legs.  This should feel more like a vibration than a true bounce.  Be sure, while doing this their head is securely held.  Pat their back simultaneously.   When you need a break, but your baby is still upset, try placing him or her in a vibrating baby seat, in the bathroom with the ceiling fan on.  The white noise from the fan is distracting and soothing, while the gentle vibrations from the seat will help encourage gas bubbles to rise up and out, causing burps. 

Many babies with colic enjoy a warm bath.  Put a few drops of pure lavender oil in the bathwater for a natural soother. Mothers who breast feed can also try drinking peppermint or chamomile tea which will pass through breast milk and both are well known stomach soothers.

One final suggestion to try. Take an old sock, fill 3/4 full with dry rice and add a few drops of lavender oil. Tie the sock shut and microwave it  for  45 – 60 seconds.  Before putting this on your babies tummy, test it on yourself first.  This can be used over and over without concern.  Always be sure the temperature is comfortable and won’t burn. 

Soon your baby will be a delight. You won’t feel helpless anymore and your days will be filled with the sounds of a giggly, cooing baby. A baby with colic is a challenge, but taking these steps will help you overcome this challenge.