How to soothe a colicky baby? Try these tricks (if you haven’t already):
- Skin-to-skin. Skin-to-skin is the best way comfort, connect and bond with your baby. It naturally will keep your baby feeling safer having your smell and heart beat so close to him or her and it can work like an absolute charm when nothing works with yournlittle crying baby.
- Hold your baby upright during and after feeds. Holding your little one upright during feeding prevents him/her from swallowing air along with the breast milk or formula. After feeds will help your little one to bring out any little stuck air bubble. Also if you have baby with acid reflux (which was our case as well), holding baby upright will keep the milk or formula down in their little belly.
- Burp your baby frequently. Try burping your baby every ounce during bottle-feeding or every 5 minutes during breastfeeding if your baby: tends to be gassy
- Watch what you’re eating. There are some researches and evidences that by excluding certain food groups from your diet, such as milk dairy products, eggs, wheat, nuts and caffeine from your diet may help with your baby’s stomach troubles. From my own experience I can say that cutting certain food groups out of my diet did really help. I will put some links below which I found very helpful. If you considering any elimination diet, please speak with your health visitor or doctor how to substitute these items to maintain a balanced and healthy diet.
- Switch formulas. If you are formula feeding your baby, talk to your doctor or health visitor about trying a hypoallergenic formula, in case the colic is triggered by an intolerance or allergy to something in the formula.
- Use a ‘fast-flow’ teat. Using a teat with a larger hole could help your baby swallow less air during feeding.
- Gently rock your baby. Imagine it like a slow dance. Or at least that’s what I did.
Gentle, regular motion can be soothing.
- Sing, talk and dance with your baby. The sound of your voice is the most comforting and reassuring for your baby. So, don’t be afraid, sing, talk to comfort your little one. Mixing that with gentle moves can work wonders. White noise or ‘pink noise’ – the sounds that can make you baby feel like being back in your womb, such as fan, radio or white noise machine or app – can also help to calm your baby.
- Try tummy massages – with gradually increasing circular movements – might also help with your little one’s digestion, potentially reducing colicky pain. The best time for this is when your baby is feeling happy and comfortable, for example just after a nappy change. Don’t try massage your baby’s tummy while he or she is crying or seems to be in pain though.
- Give your baby a nice warm bath. The warm water can help relax your little one’s muscles. Also great distraction for you both.
If your baby has colic, it’s important that you ask for a little help for your own sanity. It can very hard sometimes and can make you feel anxious and stressed. Remember that this will pass. It might feel like eternity (and yes it does!) but it will get better! I promise!
So please just breathe deeply and count to 10. Remember you are not alone!
It’s okay to have break and find someone you can talk to! That will help enormously too!!
Have a break from the house chores! Take a break! Just focus on you and baby.
And last and most importantly: Embrace it! Embrace every second of motherhood! Good or bad, hard and easy. Low and high! Each one of them!