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Colic Treatment:

Helping Your Baby to Self Soothe

Having a colicky infant is one of the most stressful situations that a new parent can face. It’s not unusual to feel helpless or frustrated due to your baby’s crying. However, there are ways to help your infant learn to calm down, and effective colic treatment is not always impossible.

Teaching your baby how to self soothe can help him to calm down from a bout of stressful crying, and can also help him to fall asleep on his own if he wakes up during the night. Teaching these techniques requires time, patience and consistency – it is not for someone who is looking for an immediate end to colic, but rather for the caregivers who are looking for a long-term solution to fussiness and colic.

Unlike medications or herbal remedies, behavior modification is an ongoing process that should be viewed as a means to build behavior patterns that will help your infant to self soothe effectively, whether she is three months old or three years old. It is important that while you are working with your baby to help her learn these self-soothing techniques that you do not become discouraged.

Take small steps towards helping your infant, and try not to rush any progress that you might see. Successful treatment of colic depends upon many factors, not the least of which being your baby’s readiness when it comes to self-soothing.

One of the easiest methods for teaching your baby to calm down on her own includes using a favorite blanket or stuffed animal as a part of routine. Let your baby associate sleep with this comfort item on a consistent basis. In time, your baby will be able to settle down on his own with the blanket or stuffed animal, even when waking in the middle of the night.

The important thing to remember here is consistency – don’t continually swap out blankets and stuffed animals. Let your baby bond with one or two special items that are only provided when it is time to sleep. This will in turn create a sleep “cue” – that is, when your baby sees the stuffed animal or blanket, she will know that it will soon be time to sleep, and can adjust accordingly.

Pacifiers can also be an effective means to teach your baby to calm down on his own. For many babies the instinct to suckle provides instinctive comfort, whether or not feeding is involved. You can try a pacifier directly after mealtimes, when you know that your baby is not hungry. You can also make the pacifier part of the nightly routine – offering the pacifier only at night may be one way to help your little one start to self-soothe.

Additionally, If your baby cries often and you worry that you may be overfeeding to compensate, try a pacifier to see if it helps. Some gassiness and colic can be caused by overfeeding, which in turn can gradually be eliminated by substituting the pacifier for the excessive feedings.

There is no “one-size-fits-all” solution when it comes to colic treatment; instead you should use a variety of methods until you uncover what works for you and your baby. Helping your little one to calm down on her own, regardless of the method you use, is well worth the time spent in finding the right solution.

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