As you may very well know by now, babies are tough little individuals to keep happy at all times. The most inevitable action of a newborn baby is that they will cry. Sometimes, babies will cry even more than normal when they experience the pains of colic. A baby who suffers from colic will need some extra special care in order for them to achieve comfort and peace. Here are some ways to deal with colic in babies:
1. Rock the Baby
When your child was in the womb, he was constantly being rocked to sleep. Even when you were still, baby could feel your breathing. Movement is soothing to him, so pick him up and rock him a bit in your arms, or put him in a swing. Even laying him in the car seat or stroller and rocking it with your foot should ease the colic a little.
2. White Noise
A white noise machine is a worthwhile investment. For the same reason a swaddle makes your baby feel secure, so does a little bit of noise. He heard all sorts of external and internal sounds when he was in the womb, so silence can be uncomfortable. If you don’t have a machine, turn on some music or whisper softly until your baby calms down.
3. Take a Ride
The simple motion of being driven around in the car can even be enough to soothe your child’s colic. Getting your baby moving a little may also take their mind of the discomfort and be able to put your child to a sleepy mood. If driving isn’t an option, a walk in the stroller may also help.
While long-term pacifier use isn’t something you want to get in the habit of, they have their uses, like when you’re out in public and you really need your kid to quiet down. Carry at least one around with you all the time (a few, maybe, in case baby throws it on the ground) even if your child doesn’t normally use it.
The swaddle is an excellent tool, even when your child isn’t going to sleep. The instant comfort, safety and security they feel usually calms them right down. The effect may even be strong enough to make your baby drowsy. Any blanket will do, but a specially made swaddle is best.
A massage for your baby is another possible solution – because who doesn’t enjoy a relaxing massage? The soothing power of your touch can work wonders on a colicky baby. Babies love skin-to-skin contact, so a massage is the perfect option to offer extra comfort for the little one.
Written by Karen Barski, BSN, RN, Mother of five, Certified Infant Care Specialist & Instructor, & Inventor of the Woombie Baby Swaddle
Karen has been an RN for 18 years, and has worked in many different nursing roles. As a Certified Infant Care Specialist, Karen counsels thousands of families yearly on a multitude of issues relating to pregnancy and infancy. Also, as a mother of five, she has invaluable experience and tips to share.
Since 2007, Karen’s company, KB Designs, has invented a line of signature baby swaddle products that have helped parents easily transition their new babies from womb to home. There are multiple designs and sizes so that babies can enjoy the comfort and security of the Woombie up until the time they begin to roll.
Each product has been created and designed by Karen because of a need she identified in her life with her five children. With convenience, safety, and fashion in mind, KB Designs has helped over a half million babies and counting!
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