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Help for Colicky Babies

Help for Colicky Babies

Parents of a colicky baby know the routine: every day at the same time, their baby begins to clench her fists, her abdomen becomes distended, and he screams in pain. Although babies will simply grow out of colic in a few months, it is distressful for both infant and parents.

In some cases, pediatricians will prescribe sedative drugs for a colicky baby. While they will ease symptoms and stop the crying, it doesn't do much to get to the source of the problem. Some of these drugs have dangerous side affects, so a parent considering sedative drugs for their baby must learn about all of the risks from a pediatrician.

While no one cause has been proven, many parents find relief from trying various remedies to relieve a colicky baby. Some studies suggest that certain foods might cause a breastfed baby to suffer from intestinal upset, causing the pain and discomfort of colic. Recommended foods to avoid are broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, and spicy dishes. Many mothers who cut out dairy products find that their baby's colic lessens or disappears.

If you have a colicky baby, one of the best things you can do for him is soothe and comfort him by holding him in your arms. Even if a baby can't be comforted, distracting him from the pain or just providing support is beneficial. Bouncing and jiggling the baby can help drastically, as painful gas and cramps can move through her system. Rubbing your infant's belly can also bring relief, even if it is only temporary.

Try a change of scenery, and take your baby for a walk or drive. The rhythmic motion of the stroller or car can aid with colic symptoms and put baby to sleep. Sometimes even looking out the window or stroller seat can help take a baby's mind of painful colic symptoms.

A colicky baby can be extremely frustrating for parents, who day after day see their baby become fussy and agitated with no end in sight. Being up every night with a screaming baby can be overwhelming and stressful, so realize when you are reaching your limit. Give the baby to a friend or family member to hold, or simply put the baby in her crib for a few minutes and take a break. Never yell at or shake a crying baby.

Colic symptoms will decrease as your baby gets older, and doesn't usually last past five months of age. Colic will soon disappear, even if it seems like it will last forever at the time!


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