Posted on Jan 27, 2008 | Comments 0
Crying is a normal process in the life of a baby.
All babies cry some or the other time when they feel hungry, thirsty, sleepy, grumpy, lonely or during a diaper change.
At times, the baby undergoes some strange fussy periods where the baby cries excessively for hours.
It can arise rarely or continuously at the same time every day.
Colic – A trigger for baby’s cry
The cause of baby’s cry extends from very simple reasons to critical conditions. One such condition is colic.
It is one of the most common reasons for a baby cry. A baby having recurring episodes of excessive, inconsolable crying refers to a colic condition. With this condition, the baby usually cries about three hours a day for more than thrice a week. It usually begins in babies at about three to twelve weeks of age.
Colic in toddler – relieve it with simple ideas
Calming a child with colic is mainly a matter of identifying and eliminating a trigger for the colic. The primary triggers for the colic are food, feeding, formula, and medications.
To relieve the baby from colic, experiment some of the following ideas to calm the baby.
- For a breastfeeding baby, feed both breasts at each feeding, for nutrition as well as for comfort, as often as the baby needs a calming effect.
- Breastfeeding mothers should avoid gas-forming foods, such as cabbage, broccoli, beans, dairy products, and caffeine, as these can lead to gas formation in the baby.
- For a bottle-feeding baby, feed more frequently but only in smaller amounts; discuss with your pediatrician or doctor about switching formulas. Also, try using different types of bottles and nipples to avoid air from entering the baby while drinking.
- While feeding, hold the baby in a more upright position and straightly afterwards.
- Hold the baby frequently, not just at the time of crying. Also, respond quickly, consistently when the baby cries.
- Make use of a baby swing or rocker, as it provides a continuous motion and a soothing effect. Take the infant for a ride in the car, as it helps in giving a soothing effect to the baby.
- Singing lullabies can help relieve the child, as it provides a calming effect. However, for powerful effect, walk with the baby in a quiet, dark room while singing.
- Sucking provides a soothing effect to the toddler. So, offer the baby a pacifier to suck on.
- Place the baby tummy down on your lap and gently massage or pat the back. While massaging the back, lie down on your back and lay the baby on your tummy down.
- Give the baby a warm bath and swaddle in a warm blanket. Warmness can keep your baby calm and help sleep quietly.
- If these tips don’t work effectively, as a last resort, use gripe water, the safest, effective, and fast relieving medication for colic. Simethicone Drops are also safest and fast relieving drops for colic.
However, please consult your pediatrician or health care provider before giving your infant any type of medications.
Posted in: Childhood Disorders