How to soothe a colic baby ?
here is no specific treatment of colic. Here are seven tips which you can use to soothe your baby during severe colic pain.
To you, swaddling might feel like being in a straitjacket. But to a crying, fussy baby, it’s like being back in the womb. How tight do you wrap this baby burrito? Snug enough so she can’t wriggle her arms and legs free. Make sure to always place her on her back. Stop swaddling when she is able to roll over on her own.
- Shift positions
Parents tend to cradle a colicky baby face-up, but that may not help. Instead, hold her face down — with your hand under her belly and her head on your forearm. The pressure on her tummy can help relieve uncomfortable gas.
- Turn On White Noise
A little white noise can help your baby feel like he’s back in the womb. There was a lot of whooshing and background noise in there. To re-create these soothing sounds, turn on a fan, put the bassinet near the dishwasher, run the vacuum, turn on the shower, or tune a radio to static. You want a constant, low-level sound.
4. Pacify Her
Infants have a strong sucking instinct, so a pacifier can calm your colicky baby. Bonus: Studies show binkies may help prevent sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
5. Take a Ride
Babies in the womb get used to a lot of motion. Get your baby moving and he may go right to sleep. Put him in a swing. Cradle him in a rocking chair. Lay him in a vibrating infant seat. You might even set out for a drive in the car, but don’t hit the road if you’re too tired.
6. Baby Massage
The soothing power of your own touch can work wonders on a colicky baby. Many babies love skin-to-skin contact. And studies show infants who are massaged seem to cry less and sleep better. Just undress your baby and use slow, firm strokes over her legs, arms, back, chest, and face. It may calm you down as well. Check with your pediatrician before using any oils or lotions on your baby.
For a gassy baby, rub his tummy in a clockwise motion, or bicycle his little legs to relieve some pressure.
7. Give Her a Burp
A crying baby can gulp down a lot of air. That can make her gassy and bloated — and make her crying worse. Burp her with gentle thumps on her back. The classic position — with the baby’s head over your shoulder — works, but can leave a trail of spit-up down your back. Switch things around: Lay your baby face down across your lap, or sit her up. Support her chest and neck with one of your arms.