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How to Help Babies With Colic

Many new mothers may wonder how to help babies with colic. The most difficult thing about caring for a baby with colic is feeling that nothing you do helps. That helpless feeling is difficult to fight off when all of your attempts to soothe your baby have been unsuccessful. Healthcare providers will often recommend that a family try several different remedies in order to deal with a colicky baby. 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.
Some comforting ideas to try include:
  • Bring your baby into a calm and 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 some babies with colic.
(Click Colic Treatment for more information. This article takes an in-depth look at several strategies that may help relieve colic, such as calming, dietary, and coping strategies.)
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