10 Tips To Make Your Colic Baby Sleep
Is your baby's crying keeping both of you awake at night? Would you
like to find out how you can soothe your colicky baby so both of you
can get a good night's rest? If you want to take steps towards quieting
and calming your baby, try this battle plan to soothe the symptoms:
1. Check to see if your baby is hungry
First of all you should check to see if your baby is hungry. To do this
with young babies simply place you finger under their chin and if it
tries to suck or move toward it then it means that your baby is hungry.
2. Walk with your baby
Walk with your baby or sit in a rocking chair. The continuous movement
will soothe your baby. However, be sure to place your baby's head close
to your chest so that it can hear your heartbeat.
3. Burping while feeding
Try burping your baby more frequently during feeding.
4. Know that a colic attack is coming and be prepared for it
When dealing with a colicky baby it is best to plan ahead. For example,
if your baby usually has colic attacks in the afternoon/evening then
you should do most of your household chores in the morning. Make sure
that if your baby has been awake for most of the morning that he/she
gets a nap in the afternoon and you take one with them. A nap can
actually reduce the frequency of the colic attacks and how long they
5. Play music
Play music like classical or slow music as some babies respond better to sound and will find it soothing.
6. Stop the Crying as soon as possible
Using a pacifier may help stop your baby crying however, if this does
not work a small bottle of sugar water helps calm and relax the baby.
Stopping your baby's crying spells as quickly and calmly as possible can significantly shorten the episodes of colic.
Place your baby across your lap while he/she lies on his/her belly and
rub his/her back. This will help get rid of air in your baby's stomach
and prevent gas.
8. Neck nestling - Dad's are fantastic at this!
This is when the baby snuggles his/her head into the space that is
located between the jaw and chest of the parent. Your jawbone drapes
gently over the baby's head and your voice box presses against its'
head. Small babies hear not only with their ears but also the
vibrations that go through their skull. If you sing something
monotonous like a lullaby it will help your baby to drift off to sleep.
This technique works best with dad's because they have a lower pitch
and higher vibration from their voice.
9. A special favourite - especially good for dad's as well!
This is a good technique for dad's to do. What you have to do is drape
your bare skinned but diapered baby over your bare chest. Make sure
that your baby's ear is over your heartbeat. The rhythm of your heart
combined with the rhythm of your chest moving as you are breathing and
a bit of rhythmic patting on your baby's back will usually soothe both
10. Use motion
Some babies prefer to be still when calmed down whereas, others like
the use of motion to be soothed. Motion swings set at approximately 60
beats per minute is an excellent device to be used for those types of
babies. The constant motion is great for relaxing the baby. However,
you should bear in mind that for some babies this may not work as the
swing only provides a back and forth motion.
A vibrating bouncer is another excellent tool to use to calm down your
colicky baby. The vibration and rhythmic sound coming from this device
will soothe your baby.
Caring for a colicky baby can be extremely stressful and frustrating at
times but, remember it's not your fault. Also, bear in mind that you
need to take care of yourself as well. You can't be very soothing to
your baby if you are all tense and stressed. You need to try to relax
and remember that your baby will outgrow this phase. In addition, keep
in mind that if you need to take a break from your baby's crying then
do so, there is nothing wrong with that. Family and relatives are often
understanding and happy to take care of your baby when you need some
time out for yourself, even if your baby is crying. If there is no one
around it's ok to put your baby in the crib, let him/her cry and take a
break before trying to make another attempt.
Do not fear or worry too much if your child has colic as your baby will
outgrow it. However, do consult your doctor if your baby screams
constantly or if your baby's colic attacks are accompanied with
excessive vomiting, diarrhea and constipation. These symptoms may
indicate a more serious problem.
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