Crying Babies and Worried Parents: How to Handle Colic

Crying Babies and Worried Parents: How to Handle Colic

Description: A baby with colic causes stress for the entire family. Check out these tips on how to ease the crying. 

Having a new bundle of joy is a wonderful thing, but all new parents sometimes feel unsure of what to do when their baby is crying. What if your baby is crying for hours and hours at a time? Your doctor might tell you that your baby has colic. What can you do?

What is Colic?

Colic is diagnosed when a baby is crying for more than three hours a day and does not have any other health issues. It usually starts to occur between the ages of three weeks and three months, and is at its worst when your baby is around six-eight weeks old. Rest assured, colic is not dangerous and it will go away eventually. 

What Can You Do?

Although colic isn’t caused by anything in particular, there are some things that you can do to help your baby feel more comfortable and calmer until they grow out of it. 

1) Create a calm environment. Babies may have a less stressful time with colic if you can predict the time of day that is the worst for your baby and make sure they are in a calm environment before the excessive crying starts. Try staying home, dimming lights and restricting visitors during this time. Depending on your baby’s personality, your baby might prefer less touch during this time or feel more comfortable in a front sling being held close to you. Follow your baby’s cues and try to create the best environment for your little one. 

2) Reduce stress for yourself. Babies can pick up on your stress very easily. Try to manage your own stress and be as calm as possible. A colicky baby causes a lot of concern for caregivers and all the crying puts you on edge. On top of everything, you are probably lacking sleep, which makes staying calm even more difficult. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Having a trusted friend or family member give you a break so you can recharge, even if it is just for a short period of time, is a good idea.

3) Keep your baby as comfortable as possible. Even though doctors have not found any specific cause for colic, keeping your baby comfortable can help to remove other possible sources for crying. Reducing uncomfortable gas in your baby’s tummy may help. Using a Baby Blendy bottle blender to mix formula and breast milk reduces the air in bottles, which in turn reduces the amount of gas buildup in your baby’s tummy. Combine this with Bay Bay Water for convenient formula mixing for less stressful bottle prep. 

Baby massage and frequent loving attention can help your baby (and you!) through colic. Avoid illness, which adds to crying. Use good hygiene by washing your hands and your baby’s hands frequently. Also, asking visitors to wash their hands before playing with your baby is a good idea. Eliminate all sources of second-hand smoke in your baby’s environment. 

Having a colicky baby is difficult for the whole family. Do your best, ask for help when you need it and don’t forget that your baby will grow out of it soon. When in doubt, ask your baby’s doctor for help. 

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