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How can I soothe a colicky baby?

What's the best way to soothe a colicky baby?
Submitted by American Baby Team

If your baby is suffering from colic (defined as three or more hours a day of continued crying without explanation, like being hungry or having a wet diaper), there's unfortunately no silver-bullet treatment. But you can experiment with these tricks until you find the one that works best for your baby.
• Pace back and forth across the room with your baby in a carrier.
• Rock your baby.
• Place your baby across your lap on his belly and rub his back.
• Put your baby in a swing. The motion may have a soothing effect.
• Put your baby in his car seat and go for a ride. The vibration and movement of the car often calm a baby.
• Run the vacuum in the next room or place your baby where she can hear the dryer. Steady rhythmic motion and white noise may help her fall asleep.
• Play peaceful-sounding CDs, such as soothing ocean sounds or soft music.
• Give your baby a pacifier. While some breastfed babies may refuse it, it will provide instant relief for others.
If you suspect that gas might be causing your baby's colic, there are also ways to ease the gas build-up in her tummy. If you're bottlefeeding, try switching your baby's formula (ask your doctor for a recommendation) or burping her more often during feedings. If you're breastfeeding, take a look at some of the foods you're eating that could lead to your baby having gas. Common foods that trigger gas include cabbage, coffee, onions, chocolate, nuts, and dairy products. It may also help to keep a diary of what you eat so that you can make a connection between your diet and when your baby's colic seems to act up.
Comforting an inconsolable baby can be incredibly frustrating, but remember that colic is temporary. For most babies, it usually goes away by 3 months or so. --Karin A. Bilich

Updated 2009.

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Dealing with a colicky baby is one of the hardest things you can do. My son had it real bad. First raise the head of his bed slightly by rolling a towel and placing it under his mattress this will help reduce the gas. There are many things you can do to try to release the pressure. Lay your baby on his left side, lay on his back and move his legs in a bicycling motion, rub his tummy, lay across your knees on your belly and sway your legs back and forth while patting his bottom. Some babies prefer movement. Try baby swing, going for a drive, place him in his carseat ontop of the dryer. You may just have to try new things. My son liked the shower. I would get in the shower with him to calm him down. I also gave my son pedialyte to help him burp more. Crying makes the pain worse so try to calm him down as soon as you can. Aslo change formula he could have an allergy to cows milk, If all fails your ped. can prescribe oral drops to help.
Submitted by ashleyshark11
Try taking a look at the book, "The Happiest Baby on the Block." In a nutshell, wrap him like a burrito, walk around while holding your baby burrito and gently rock or bounce him, play withe noise (I used static on the radio), and then put something in his mouth to suck, like a pacifier. My son would fall asleep immediately even during his worst bouts with colic. Your goal is to make him feel he is your Womb. Or, try turning on your shop vac. POOF! screaming baby asleep in a blink of an eye.
Submitted by gensaxton
I gave my son gripe water, and switched him to drop in bottles. We also put him on Senitive R.S. for us it worked. Plus just remember you are not alone. Don't be afread to talk to your dr
Submitted by dl12cl