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Colicky Baby: What is colic and how can I stop my baby from crying?

Date: Wednesday, Feb 10, 2021

Colicky Baby: What is colic and how can I stop my baby from crying?

Ever wondered why your baby keeps crying nonstop? Learn more about the symptoms of colic in babies.

The word 'colic' can strike fear even in the most experienced parents… but what exactly is it? No scientific definition of colic exists; it's the name given to the condition where babies cry excessively for no apparent reason.

One in ten babies suffer from colic.1 This usually happens around the three-week mark, and carries on until they're three or four months old. These crying spells are regular (more than three days a week) and often happen in the evening for three or four hours. And it persists for at least three weeks in a row.

So if your baby has been fed, has a clean diaper with no other known health issues (the most common reasons for crying), but has been bawling regularly for hours, it's probably colic. If you suspect that your baby has colic, take them to their paediatrician so that they can rule out any other medical reasons for their crying bouts.

Colic is a mystery – what causes colic in babies?

Most medical professionals aren’t quite sure what causes colic in babies; it's thought that it could be attributed to digestion issues, or the fact that your baby is getting used to the sights and sounds out of your womb.

Thankfully, colic subsides on its own, gradually or sometimes even suddenly. And it's comforting to know that you won't be the only parent going through it at any one time!

Still, it's difficult and frustrating to have your baby crying non-stop; how helpless you must feel, when nothing you do seems to make them feel better. Parents will therefore be enormously relieved to find out that there are certain actions you can take. Learn how to calm your crying baby with these helpful suggestions.

How to soothe and calm a crying baby

Tip 1: Hold your baby to stop him / her from crying

Holding your baby close will give them comfort. In fact, you shouldn't just do this while your baby is crying; you can also carry and hold your newborn during the day, so that they feel comforted by your presence at all hours.

If your baby is missing the enveloping closeness they experienced in utero, cuddling or holding them can give them the physical contact they're craving. Baby-wearing is also a good idea, as you'll be able to have them close to your body while freeing your hands to do other things.

Alternatively, you can also try swaddling them. Make sure their legs are loose though, as being tightly wound up might make them uncomfortable and cry more.

Tip 2: Play soothing sounds or music

At this early age, babies are still used to the noises they used to hear in the womb; this is why white noise soothes them. Find a sound clip on the internet, log onto a white noise generator online, or get a white noise machine. Sometimes, those soothing noises can just come from the sound of a fan or a hairdryer.

If white noise doesn’t work, try singing a lullaby or playing classical music. Or if you know of any particular music, sound or melody that your baby likes, play it when they're crying.

Colic in Babies - How to stop a baby from crying
 

Tip 3: Make them lie on their side or stomach

Babies feel more soothed in these positions. Make them lie this way across your lap, with your hand cradling their head. Rub your baby's back while they're lying down, which will soothe them and may help to release any gas that's bothering them.

Do note that babies shouldn't fall asleep in these positions, as these increase the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

Tip 4: Get moving

Swinging or rocking your baby may help too. Moving them in a gentle, smooth motion reminds them of their time in the womb, comforting them immensely. Remember to keep the movement slow, and never shake your baby.

It can get tiring to carry and rock your baby, so try using a baby swing or vibrating seat. Or put them in a stroller and go for a walk around the neighbourhood. If you have a car, strapping baby to the car seat and going for a drive may help too.

Tip 5: Use a pacifier

Sucking is soothing for babies, so using a pacifier may help them feel better. Plus, the urge to suck is especially strong in the first few months, so this will calm them.

Try these baby colic remedies and take note of what works or doesn't. This will help you to identify the best solution to comfort your little one.

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