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How to Relieve Colic

Take these steps to reduce your baby's colic.

Fri, 11 Jan 2013|

All babies cry a lot. But if your otherwise healthy baby cries for long periods of time, sometimes for hours, especially in the evening, many experts would consider it a case of colic. Colic usually begins around 2 weeks of age, peaks at about 6 weeks, and generally goes away by 3 months, but the fuzziness can last longer. To help soothe your baby, swaddle him then hold him on the side in your arms and make a strong shushing noise in his ear, loud enough so he can hear you over his wails. Babies find sucking soothing. So, offer him a pacifier or your breast, if it's meal time. Gas is one theory for what causes colic. If your baby's belly is distended, a sign of air bubbles, try holding his legs up to his chest for a minute. Swapping your bottle's current nipple for a larger one and burping your baby frequently during feedings may help, too. You can also try switching to a bottle with features that minimize the amount of air your baby takes in while he drinks. Some research also suggests that probiotics can alleviate colic symptoms. Look for one made for babies that contains Lactobacillus reuteri such as Biogaia found at health food stores. If you get the okay from your pediatrician, follow her directions for offering it to your baby. Certain formulas contain Lactobacillus reuteri as well. If you're breastfeeding, you might also try eliminating dairy for a few weeks. Your baby may be sensitive to milk protein. Also consider making an appointment with a lactation consultant to ensure your milk is coming in well and your baby has a good latch. Having a baby with colic can be distressing. So, accept and ask for help especially when you feel exhausted or overwhelmed. And remember, the crying is only temporary.