If your baby is crying a lot and is at a healthier edge, then no wonder, he is definitely colicky. The child is so small to express his pain but it’s from his behavior that we need to judge. What actually causes colic is hard to determine. Some pediatricians believe that it has something to do with bacteria present in the gut which causes pain in the stomach or belly of the infant. It starts when the infant is about few weeks old and lasts up to 3-4 months.
Now how to decide whether the child is having colic or not? Some general symptoms are when the child is crying with lengthy bouts during the day which lasts for three to four hours. It is repeatedly followed by an average of three days in three weeks. You can feel a stuffed belly of the kid, abdominal pain, gassiness and the child become irritated also. Some of the kid’s doctor pediatrician believe that colic is caused when the nursing mother eats something wrong which further affects the breastfed baby. Try to distract the baby by singing or dancing or shouting loudly, if the kid gets distracted then certainly it is not colic otherwise, it is something to do with Colic. Here I will list down some good DIY tips to soothe out a colicky baby.
- Lay the baby upside down or try some different positions. Check out his response. The baby may feel soothed out by lying on the bed with his tummy on the bed.
- Swinging the baby is another good option. Take his cradle and swing him or you can give little swings in your arms. He might fall asleep during the process. The kid will feel relieved from colic.
- Giving the baby certain rhythmic vibrations or take him for a walk-in car or in his pram, will also help in coping the colic affected baby. Make him sit near a vibrating vacuum, hair dryer or a washing machine. It may prove helpful.
- Give the baby a gentle massage to the baby. Message him upside down over his back and belly back. It may help in releasing the build up gas.
- Try swooshing loudly in baby’s ear. Dr. Raju Khubchandani, one of the top ten pediatricians in India refers to this activity the most effective one as he says that these are the sounds the baby hears when he is inside the womb. So, he responds to them better.
- Give warmth to his tummy by placing a warm thick towel around baby’s tummy. He may feel relaxed.
- If nothing seems working, take the child to some quiet place, make the lights dim and then try to console him.
If the baby is breastfed, then as a mother you need to take care of your diet. Avoid spicy and heavy foods for few weeks and do eat a mouthful of fennel seeds at the end of every meal. This will help your digestion which in turns will make your baby’s gastrointestinal tract better. If the baby is formula-fed better approach your doctor for consultation. Above all be patient, calm and relaxed while dealing with the baby. If the things are going out of control, contact your pediatrician immediately. He will provide you with the best course of action.