When your baby has frequent bouts of intense and inconsolable crying, he may have colic. A tell-tale clue is that your baby is colicky may be pulling his legs up to his tummy and arching his back while crying.
Colic is usually at its worst in the second and third months of life. It's understandable that you may feel helpless and confused about what to do.
The good news
Studies have shown that extra carrying done in the first few weeks of your baby's life can help to limit the duration of crying spells when he gets older. So grab your baby and cuddle like crazy!
How to deal with a colicky baby
Once crying does kick in, try these tricks to help settle your baby:
- Rock him.
- Hold him.
- Put light pressure on his tummy.
- Play the radio.
- Turn on a fan or the vacuum cleaner.
- Put him in a swing.
- Take him for a car ride.
- Burp him.
- Give him a little space.
Try the tricks above and pay close attention to your baby’s crying. Soon you’ll know which of these is more effective for your little one.