Colic is a bit of a mystery and there are various possible reasons for babies experiencing the discomfort associated with it. It’s hard to see your little one suffering from colic – but there are many techniques you can try to help soothe them.
Laying them on their tummy, across your lap, can calm some colicky babies. Rubbing their back will also soothe them and can help to relieve any trapped wind.
Often, babies with colic will respond well to you holding them, as being close to you is comforting. This isn’t practical for really long periods of time, so try a baby carrier to keep your baby close and your hands-free.
Rocking and swaying your baby may help to relieve colic. Putting them in a gently swaying rocking swing or taking them for a drive in the car could be soothing for them.
For some babies, having acid reflux could contribute to colic. By holding your baby upright after feeding you could help to reduce the symptoms of acid reflux and alleviate any trapped wind.
Some colicky babies respond well to being wrapped tightly, especially while they’re being rocked.
A gentle massage can be beneficial to some babies with colic.
- Warm your hands and apply gentle pressure to your baby’s abdomen, using alternate hands stroke down your baby’s belly.
- Bend your baby’s knees gently up towards their belly and rotate them clockwise around and over their tummy.
- Laying your baby on his tummy and massaging his back can sometimes help to bring up wind.
Make yourself a cuppa and takes some deep breaths – your baby will pick up on your anxiety, which won’t help either!
Whatever you try, keep a note of what does or doesn’t work, so you know the best way to comfort them while you ride out the colicky stage of their early days.