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Understanding a Colicky Baby

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. However, by understanding a colicky baby, you may find ways to comfort and deal with this situation. In many cases, healthcare providers often recommend that a family try several different colic 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.
Although it may feel that nothing can soothe your baby, understanding a colicky baby can begin by finding out what gives him or her comfort. Some ideas to try are:
  • 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 improve symptoms in some babies.
(Click Colic Treatment for a closer look at understanding a colicky baby and suggestions on how to cope. This article also provides information on how to comfort your infant and what your healthcare provider may recommend.)
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