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When Soothing Your Baby For Baby Colic

Do and Don’t

With all the advice out there for parents of babies with colic, new parents may not only be overwhelmed by the crying, but by all the potential solutions to the problem. Here are several tips that can help you to reduce your infant’s fussiness, and help you have a more peaceful home. Remember, even the worst colic is only temporary, so don’t give up – you will find the solution for your baby’s crying in time.

  • Do keep an open mind. There are many potential solutions for your baby’s colic – from the simple baby swing to complex soothing rituals with aromatherapy and massage. What works for one colicky child may not work for another, so you’ll need to remain optimistic throughout the process.
  • Don’t give up after only one try. Give each potential solution a few days to a week in order to fully evaluate whether or not it’s helpful. When it comes to colicky symptoms caused by feedings, changes in the mother’s diet may take a day or two to fully resolve gassiness, and your little one may need more than a few days to adjust to changes in routine that are designed to increase relaxation and decrease fussiness.
  • Do keep track of what you’ve tried in the past. Accurate records can help you to see patterns in your baby’s colicky behavior, and spot potential trouble before it occurs. Keeping a colic diary and, if you breastfeed, a food diary, can help to pinpoint those problem areas over time.
  • Don’t obsess with the details. Your baby’s colic may not follow the exact same patterns all the time, but there may be general patterns overall that can help lead you to potential solutions. If your baby is very fussy in the evenings and then suddenly switches to morning fussiness, for example, perhaps a change in your routine is the culprit, or it may simply be a one-time oddity. Don’t stress over it, just be prepared to adjust and adapt.
  • Do let others help. When family members offer to help sit with your baby, let them! Trying to do everything alone just means that you’ll be more stressed, which in turn can make your baby stressful as well, and increase the colicky symptoms you are trying to avoid. If you want to find a solution for your baby’s colic, let everyone pitch in.
  • Don’t blame yourself. Colic is not caused by bad parenting. It is not a direct reflection on your love and affection for your baby, and it is not an indication that your baby feels detached or unloved. Even the best parents have difficulties finding solutions for baby colic, and any solution will take time to implement. In the meanwhile, don’t feel guilty about your baby’s crying – it’s not your fault.

As you work towards uncovering the cause and a solution for baby colic, remember that patience is a key element to success. Your baby’s crying can be cured with the right treatment, modifications to routine and/or simple adjustments around the home.

Stay supportive within your network of family and friends – work together to help soothe your baby’s symptoms. Don’t be afraid to try more than one solution, or to adjust a solution to fit your family’s particular needs. If you need more professional help, don’t be ashamed to turn to a doctor or colic clinic for the support that you need.

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