Colic is common and affects around one in five babies in the UK. Although it can be distressing for both parents and babies, colic isn’t a serious medical condition and most little ones are free of colic by the time they’re six months old.
No one is really sure what causes colic, but it’s deemed most likely to be due to trapped wind building up in a baby’s bowel, which causes pain and discomfort. A telltale sign of colic is usually inconsolable crying – when you’ve fed your baby, they aren’t overtired, their nappy is clean and they don’t have a high temperature, they could be experiencing colic.
There are gentle stretching exercises you can do with your baby to help ease their discomfort.
Try an upper body stretch:
Lay your baby on their back with arms wide open. Slowly bring their hands together to clap, then open again. Bring their arms across their body as if they’re giving themselves a cuddle, then open them again. Bring their arms down to their sides then lift one at a time up over their head, then lift both together over their head.
A lower body stretch also can help to ease colic symptoms:
Lay your baby on their back, hold their ankles with both your hands and gently lift their legs so their bottom rises slightly. Lower and repeat. Hold your baby’s feet and slowly bend their knees, let their knees drop outwards and clap the soles of their feet together. Then, hold your baby’s legs just below their knees, bring the knees together and bend them up to their tummy.
Calming your baby can help to ease the symptoms of colic and reduce the stress of crying. Use swaddling or white noise techniques, or soothe with the motion of a vibrating chair or infant swing. If your baby has wind, laying them across your lap, face down, and gently rubbing their back could help.
Keeping your baby upright can also help to relieve colic pain. Invest in a baby carrier and use it through the day – this also frees your arms up to do other things that you need to. Perhaps try feeding your baby in a more upright position, and put them upright straight after to wind them.
Long bouts of crying and seeing your baby in discomfort can be distressing, but just keep reminding yourself that colic will pass, and try Infacol to treat the symptoms of suspected infant colic: 97% of babies cried less* when treated!
*According to the Infant Colic Real World Evidence (iCore) Study; 1,892, parents’ experience of using Infacol to treat suspected colic.
Infacol contains Simeticone. For the treatment of infant colic. Always read the label.