Health Tip Calm a Colicky Baby


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How To Calm A Colicky Baby In Just Seconds Two Secrets of How to Calm a baby. Massaging certain sensitive points on the feet can be a great way to get a baby to Calm Your Baby the. While doctors don’t know what causes colic, and there is no known cure, the Nemours Foundation offers these suggestions to help calm a colicky baby: Walk with baby, rock in a chair or try other positions to see if any of them make baby happy. Burp baby frequently during feedings.

Place baby across your lap, belly-down, and rub baby’s back. Colic can be nerve-rattling for a parent. If you ever feel overwhelmed and in need of a break, ask for help, or set your baby down somewhere safe and take some deep breaths.

And remember, by 4 months, 80 to 90 percent of babies. About 1 out of every 5 babies develops colic. Each baby is different, but in general. Colic starts when a baby is 2 to 4 weeks of age and usually peaks around 6 weeks. Colic usually starts to get ­better when babies are ­cooing and smiling sociably, around 8 weeks.

Colic. How to Calm a Fussy Baby: Tips for Parents & Caregivers Swaddle your baby in a large, thin blanket (ask your nurse or child’s doctor to show you how to do it correctly) to help Hold your baby. Ideally, you can get aid from a relative or good friend even for just a few hours, or during the fussiest times of the day. If you know of a trustworthy caregiver, give them a call from time to time, too. The bigger your support group, the better life will be for everyone involved.

Colic usually starts when a baby is about 2 weeks old and ends by 4 months. Talk to your baby’s doctor about the crying. He may want to check for a medical reason. Try white nois.

Colicky babies can be very difficult to calm down. Changing how your baby is fed, and using different calming methods, can help to soothe a colicky baby. Colic goes away on its ow.

With that in mind, here are some ways to soothe a baby with colic: Hold and cuddle your baby. Walk with your baby. Swaddle your baby in a soft blanket. Sing and talk softly to your baby. Sway back.

Other than making sure your baby is well fed, well rested and has a new diaper, try these solutions: Movement and cuddling (e.g. hold your baby while walking) Rocking or riding in.

List of related literature:

You can try remedies such as infant gas drops or gripe water to see if they work for your baby, or you can try to massage your baby gently during these times.

“The Baby Sleep Solution: A Proven Program to Teach Your Baby to Sleep Twelve Hours aNight” by Suzy Giordano, Lisa Abidin
from The Baby Sleep Solution: A Proven Program to Teach Your Baby to Sleep Twelve Hours aNight
by Suzy Giordano, Lisa Abidin
Penguin Publishing Group, 2006

See the Section III Patient Teaching Guide for this chapter, “Colic: Ways to Soothe a Fussy Baby.”

“Family Practice Guidelines: Second Edition” by Jill C. Cash, MSN, APN, FNP-BC, Cheryl A. Glass, MSN, WHNP, RN-BC
from Family Practice Guidelines: Second Edition
by Jill C. Cash, MSN, APN, FNP-BC, Cheryl A. Glass, MSN, WHNP, RN-BC
Springer Publishing Company, 2010

Things that help calm a colicky baby include:

“Dad's Guide to Pregnancy For Dummies” by Matthew M. F. Miller, Sharon Perkins
from Dad’s Guide to Pregnancy For Dummies
by Matthew M. F. Miller, Sharon Perkins
Wiley, 2010

If your baby is fussy or colicky, use the suggestions on page 378 to calm him.

“Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn: The Complete Guide” by Janet Walley, Penny Simkin, Ann Keppler, Janelle Durham, April Bolding
from Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn: The Complete Guide
by Janet Walley, Penny Simkin, et. al.
Meadowbrook, 2016

In consultation with your doctor or nurse practitioner, here are some other things to try with colicky infants (also see page 61, Crying and Comforting, and pages 269 and 270).

“Dr. Spock's Baby and Child Care: 8th Edition” by Benjamin Spock, Robert Needlman
from Dr. Spock’s Baby and Child Care: 8th Edition
by Benjamin Spock, Robert Needlman
Gallery Books, 2004

In consultation with your doctor, there are several other things you can try for a colicky infant (also see the following).

“Dr. Spock's Baby and Child Care, 9th Edition” by Benjamin Spock, M.D.
from Dr. Spock’s Baby and Child Care, 9th Edition
by Benjamin Spock, M.D.
Skyhorse, 2012

Interestingly, many of the measures recommended to soothe a colicky baby are also good ways to short-circuit this negative feedback loop by creating an immediate connection between mother and baby.

“The Chemistry of Connection: How the Oxytocin Response Can Help You Find Trust, Intimacy, and Love” by Susan Kuchinskas
from The Chemistry of Connection: How the Oxytocin Response Can Help You Find Trust, Intimacy, and Love
by Susan Kuchinskas
New Harbinger Publications, 2009

Most often colicky periods recur daily, though some babies take an occasional night off.

“What To Expect The 1st Year [rev Edition]” by Heidi Murkoff, Sharon Mazel
from What To Expect The 1st Year [rev Edition]
by Heidi Murkoff, Sharon Mazel
Simon & Schuster UK, 2010

Holding the infant face down and close to the body while supporting the abdomen and providing a gentle rocking motion of the pelvis often soothes the colicky infant.

“Leifer's Introduction to Maternity & Pediatric Nursing in Canada E-Book” by Gloria Leifer, Lisa Keenan-Lindsay
from Leifer’s Introduction to Maternity & Pediatric Nursing in Canada E-Book
by Gloria Leifer, Lisa Keenan-Lindsay
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2019

Parents of a colicky baby will need support, frequent contact, and reassurance.

“Counseling the Nursing Mother” by Judith Lauwers, Anna Swisher
from Counseling the Nursing Mother
by Judith Lauwers, Anna Swisher
Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2015

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