When your bundle of joy cries uncontrollably in its initial weeks after birth, the experience will certainly be a stressful one, when you were all prepared to enjoy some good time with the new member of your family. The most stressing thing about the situation is that you clearly know that your baby is healthy but can’t understand why it is crying.
The probable cause of the discomfort that makes the baby cry is colic, a condition that starts around the sixth week after the birth of the baby. By the time the baby growths to the age of four months, the crying will subside to an hour or two in a day
The crying can be at any time of the day, but it persists in the evening going into the night. It can take a toll on you as a parent and will be rougher on first-time mothers who have little or no experience in handling babies.
Talk To Your Healthcare Provider
Before you conclude that the cause of crying is colic, it is prudent to first check with your doctor to confirm the real reason for the discomfort.When it has confirmed that your baby is healthy, use the following tips together with the suggestions that you will get from the doctor to manage colic and soothe the baby.
You can also do your own research on how to help a baby with colic as well as using any available resource that will assist you with effective techniques of relieving your baby from colic discomfort.
Soothing Noise And Gentle Massaging
While holding the baby, make some soothing noise that will mimic the sound that the baby was used to in the womb where such was the comforting factors at all times. Rain-like sound, for instance, will help the kid to lessen the attention to the colic discomfort.
Massaging the baby gently on its back will also make it focus its mind more on the enjoyment of the massage and forget the pain.
Positioning And Stillness
At times, getting a perfect resting position for your baby will do the magic. Some babies will only want the stillness, quietness and at times darkness until they are free from the discomfort.
Identify the position that they respond to with a show of comfort when you are holding them. It can be placing them on your lap tummy-down, holding them upright or simply cradling it comfortably in your arms.
Check Your Diet If You Are Breastfeeding
What you eat may be the cause of the discomfort that your baby is having in form of colic. The effects of the foods you eat in terms of generating gas and being acidic among other effects will have a negative impact on your baby after you breastfeed it. Avoid dairy products, for example, caffeine, cabbages, garlic and broccoli to name just but a few.
If you are using baby formula to feed your baby, it then should be predigested to help with the quick digestion and absorption into the baby’s system. A soy-based or a hypoallergenic formula is also advised for the avoidance of colic after feeding the baby.
A Warm Bath
Prepare a warm bath for the baby to soothe the discomfort. As the baby enjoys the washing, it will for the moment forget the discomfort. You can also place a warm washcloth on its tummy and it will have a soothing effect too.
Release Gas By Pedaling
Place the baby on its back on the bed so that you can have enough space to pedal its legs gently. The pedaling motion will help it release the gas that may be causing the colic discomfort.
In your effort to make your baby comfortable, do not be distracted by it is crying because you will not be able to do the soothing in the right manner. Calm yourself down so that you can concentrate on the right steps to pull the baby out of the discomfort.