Coping StrategiesThe third strategy for surviving a baby with colic is developing your own coping strategies. Remember -- it is normal for parents of children with colic to feel exhausted, frustrated, angry, and helpless. This does not mean that you are incapable of caring for your child, but it does mean that you need to find some ways of coping in order to maintain your sanity.
Take a Break -- Share the Love
If you can, try to share the time spent comforting the crying baby with your partner. Accept the offer expressed by friends, neighbors, or family members to help. Take that time to regroup -- it will go a long way -- and every extra bit helps.
If there is no one around to pass the baby to and you've just about had it, the best thing you can do to help alleviate the stress of the moment is to put your crying baby down in a safe place and walk away to gather yourself. A few minutes will really help you and won't hurt the baby at all.
Final Thoughts on Colic TreatmentEvery child is different. What works to treat colic in one baby may have the opposite effect on another. Once a medical cause for the distress is ruled out, it is all about trial and error. Eventually, you will find some tricks that work for you and your little one. Soon after that, the colic should subside on its own at around the three- to four-month mark.
One thing to remember going into this is that you can never pay too much attention to a newborn. You are not spoiling your baby by tending to their needs. In fact, you are assuring your newborn that he or she can count on you to be there for them, whether you can calm them or not. Whether it seems like it or not, just your presence and effort is comforting.