Professionals and mothers alike have been puzzled by the term they call
colic. No one really knows what causes it, but mother’s everywhere would love
to find a cure. Colic has been scientifically defined as sharp intermittent
pains in a baby’s abdominal that occur when the baby’s digestive system is
Is Your Baby Suffering From Colic?
One way to determine if your infant is suffering from colic is to use the
“rule of three,” which mean if your baby cries for 3 or more hours a day, three
days a week for three or more weeks then they probably have colic. Mother’s
usually know when something is wrong by using instinct. If are unable to easily
soothe your infant then colic may be a factor. Consult your physician if you
Suggestions for Calming a Fussy Infant
Lay your baby over your knees
facedown without putting pressure on their stomach. A light amount of
pressure can help with abdominal pains and calm the baby.
Swaddle the baby in large
blanket wrapping it snug around their body. This helps them feel secure
and keeps them warm.
Carry the baby as much as
possible (don’t worry infant can’t be spoiled). Research has shown the
more babies are carried and held the less likely they are to have colic.
It also helps in brain development. Talking and paying attention to your
infant can be useful to their mental and physical development.
If you bottle feed use
bottles that don’t store the air and make sure you use the right size
nipple, this will cut down on gulping and air to getting into the baby’s
system, which may result in gas pains.
Give them a warm bath to
assist in the calming effect.
Try a “white noise”, which is
defined as a noise that resembles the noises they heard while in the womb.
A fan, vacuum cleaner or recorded sounds of a heart beat from a
specialized CD for infants can work well.
Help your baby pass stool or
relieve constipation (which is very uncomfortable) by gently massaging
their stomach or moving their legs in a peddling-like motion (like you are
peddling a bicycle); if your infant is constipated they are sure to be a
Maintain Your Composure
The one important thing to remember is to stay calm. If you start to grow
tired or get impatient you need to find someone else to take the baby to while
you regain your composure. Remember there is no cure for colic; it is something
you will have to wait out. Luckily, babies tend to grow out of it by 2-3 months
of age, this is when their digestive system starts to mature and their body
adapts to their food and environment.