How to Relieve Colic in Babies | Parents


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

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