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Relax Your Baby When Colic Hits

Posted May 16 2010 4:39pm

by Nancy Newell

You have your baby in your arms, she is changed, cleaned and fed, but still crying. This is probably one of the times when you feel frustrated and unable to understand what is going on. The baby is crying and suffering and you cannot do something to make her feel better.

The first thing you should check is if the baby needs to be fed, if the baby is thirsty or if there is something else that causes discomfort. This can be something minor like the clothes being too tight or an eyelash that is in the eye. See that the baby has no apparent reason for crying. Then check if the baby has any signs of illness. Fever, sweat or signs of nervousness might mean that the baby has a cold. If everything seems fin, the baby might have a colic hit. In this case, you should hold the baby in your arms and try to relax her. Reduce anything irritating in the room like bright lights or loud noises. If the baby is scared of something or dislikes company, move to a room that you can be alone and calm the baby down. Make sure the baby understands your presence through cuddling and hearing your voice.

Colic has a way to appear and a pattern that could become evident to you if you notice things. If you breast feed the baby, avoid food that can be irritating as onions, spices, strawberries and grapes. There are also other foods that can be irritating so ask for a list from your doctor. Check if the baby has a minor allergy to milk.

The one thing to do however is to hold the baby in your arms. There are studies that show that babies that are being held several hours a day don't have colic because the presence of the mother reassures them and they develop better. Hold the baby and read a story to allow the baby to hear your voice at a steady pace. Put on some soft music and relax. If your baby likes walks, try to walk inside the room until the baby stops crying.

If your baby has colic, making simple lifestyle changes can help you cope with this situation. Spend time with the baby and avoid letting other people taking care of the baby. Babies that have colic suffer from lack of contact to their parents. Make sure the baby sees you and hears your voice. Hold the baby any time you can. Colic will be reduced if you keep your environment calm and relaxed.

Nancy Newell is a writer for My Baby Bedding Shop. Even though her children are all grown up she still loves giving advice to new mommies. She hopes this article was of some help to you. She would also like for you to check out her Baby Bedding Store

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