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The Challenge of Colic and Tips for Parents

DKT Blogs/Knows How Jun 24,2016 Comments(0) Likes(1) Tips

The Challenge of Colic and Tips for Parents

 

Being a new parent has its challenges for sure, and there is a lot to contend with as you adjust to your new role. New moms and dads must learn to operate on very little sleep, manage the baby’s routine, balance running errands with a feeding schedule, how to care for a sick child and manage to be productive when they return to work after maternity leave. However, nothing tests your resilience and patience quite like that of a colicky baby.

 

Some refer to colic as a time when a well-nourished infant that cries for more than three hours per day.  Some have theorized that colic is gas, related to moodiness, overstimulation or fluctuating hormones. When you have a baby that screams incessantly, your friends and family may brush it off as a case of temporary illness, but those parents who have endured time with an infant who is consistently uncomfortable know better. These parents know the truth: colic is a mysterious beast that turns sweet, serene babies into cranky, screeching crying machines.

 

So what is a single dad to do? Once you’ve determined that your child is healthy (a doctor’s visit is encouraged to rule out any illness, here are some tips to help you soothe a colicky baby:

 

1. Adjust Feeding. The consensus seems to be that both breastfed and bottle fed babies can

suffer from colic.  You can help your baby swallow less air when feeding by trying a unique bottle engineered to reduce gas.  Also, there are nipples with smaller holes that can reduce air ingestion.  Finally, try sitting the baby up while feeding and use diligent burping techniques right after feedings.

 

2. Keep it Quiet. Some children are extremely sensitive to light and sound. Many people believe that a colicky baby responds well to reduced noise and light, so try to remove sensory overload and place your child in a quiet, dark room.  You can also try laying baby on your lap and gently rubbing her tummy, using a warm compress on the baby’s belly, or use a pacifier to soothe.

 

3. Get Moving. Some children react well to motion and soft sounds. Try walking baby in a carrier or take them outdoors for a stroll. You can also put baby in a stroller or a swing and see if the slow motion lulls them to sleep. Another option is to secure your child in her car seat and go for a ride.

 

4. Do Chores. Some children react positively to soft sounds, such as a white noise machine, the washer or dryer, the dishwasher humming or even the vacuum. Also, some swings and baby hammocks have soft music that plays in time with the movement, and the combination may pacify a fussy baby.

 

If you’ve got a baby with colic, don’t fret. Although there is no one special cure-all, you can tune in to your child’s needs and follow some of the tips above until you find what works for your little bundle of joy. With a little patience and a lot of love, you can restore peace back to your home and send the 'colic-fairy' packing.

 

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