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Colic Relief

There is no simple answer as to how to best treat colic. No one single approach works for all babies. In fact, healthcare providers will often recommend that a family try one or several different strategies in order to deal provide colic relief. This includes calming, dietary, and coping strategies.
The goals with these recommendations are to:
  • Decrease the infant's crying
  • Help the family cope
  • Minimize any long-term child-parent impact.
Although it may feel that nothing can soothe your baby, there are some tips for that may provide relief from colic for your baby. Suggestions include:
  • Bring your baby into a calm, quiet room to be held
  • Limit outside noises and movement
  • If your baby is hypersensitive to noise, place him or her in a car seat near a clothes drier, dishwasher, or white noise machine.
Your healthcare provider may also recommend changes in diet when treating a colicky baby. Studies have shown that certain dietary changes may help relieve colic symptoms in some babies.
(Click Colic Treatment for a closer look at possible ideas for colic relief, including suggestions for how to comfort your baby when everything else seems to fail and possible dietary changes that may help.)
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