Becoming a parent is an indescribable feeling. You bring your infant home, and for some time you are in awe of your infant who simply rests, drinks milk, pees and cries once in a while. For most parents, the bliss doesn’t last long. After some time, your baby starts crying with grasped clench hands, thrashing legs and a red face. Regardless of what you do, you can’t comfort your crying infant — and that is not all: the baby rehashes these pitiful, unpleasant scenes consistently for some time. If this is what you have been experiencing, you are welcome to another chapter of parenthood – the colic.
How Can You Deal With Colic?
In case you are confusing colic with some illness, it is important for you to know that colic is definitely not a sign that your infant is sick; however, acid reflux, food allergies, and exposure to tobacco smoke can bring on additional discomfort. Reasons for colic are ample but you can still go for some solutions to soothe the little one.
1. Try Gentle Massage
Your infant may appreciate a gentle back rub, yet be sensitive to how he or she reacts. Each baby is born with a different temperament. So, sometimes even a gentle massage may cause your baby to feel irritated, thus worsening the situation. You can try detecting your baby’s mood and proceed with gentle rubs on back or all over the body. Everyone loves a good massage; your baby will love it too. Massaging helps relax the muscles, which in turn releases feel-good-hormones “endorphins”, thus calming your baby.
2. Move Around Gently
Delicate movement can be calming, so you can try rocking your baby. You can place your bundle of joy in an infant swing. Also, it may be less difficult for your infant to fall asleep if you stroll around the house with gentle steps. Your baby may favour being held on your shoulder or neck, and close to your pulse. If that doesn’t work as well, you can attempt tenderly bouncing here and there while embracing your infant. Moving around with your baby is also known to cement the bond. It’s a win-win situation for both. The baby calms down and drifts off to sleep and you can help gushing over your little angel.
3. Recreate White Noise Or Natural Sounds
Infants like sounds that help them to remember the heartbeat and delicate whooshing movements they heard in the belly. If your baby is getting upset and showing no signs of calming down, you can try playing some sounds which are similar to the sounds in the womb. Your baby may even quiet down when the exhaust fan is on in the kitchen. You can likewise scan online for calming sounds like rain or other consistent, natural noises.
Adults have used white or natural noises to calm their nerves; it is most likely to work on your baby as well.
4. Try Swaddling
Consider how cosy your child was before his or her introduction to the world, you must keep in mind that how overwhelming the world appears to him or her at the present time. Swaddling – wrapping your little one cosily in a cover or fabric – can enable an infant to calm down. You can take a chance at swaddling your child amid feedings in case he/she experiences difficulty in eating. Swaddling is known to calm the babies and they wake up chirping happily.
Swaddling may enable your colicky baby to get the chance to rest, there’s a decent shot it will help him/her stay asleep as well.
5. Try Pacifier
A colicky baby can bring the entire household on toes. In this case, anything that helps your junior calm down is a lifesaver. Traditionally, mothers have been using breastfeeding to quieten their babies when a colic attack happens. Sucking on the nipple gives the baby a chance to get distracted. Food is a reward here. If you have already fed your baby, consider offering to place a pacifier in his/her mouth. You can also use your cleaned finger instead of a pacifier.
Once you divert your baby’s attention to something more rewarding, you can easily make him/her asleep.
A Note To The Reader
It is understandable to get worried if your little one is constantly becoming colicky. If the above approaches don’t work, consult your nearest paediatrician to get your baby tested for gastric issues.