The unfortunate thing about colic is that they have not really been able to identify any one thing that causes it. It doesn’t seem to be diet or health related in any particular way and babies that have colic go on to lead normal lives after it goes away. The only thing that they have discovered is that women that smoke during pregnancy or shortly after pregnancy are twice as likely to experience colic in their baby. Therefore, medical science does not really offer anything of any use as far as a colic treatment is concerned.
There are some things, however, that people have done that has been shown to help them one way or another. If you’re breast-feeding, you might want to change your diet to see if the colic that your baby is experiencing might actually be diet related. Many people have also experienced some relief by snuggling their baby and rocking them gently or even singing to them softly. Still others have tried alternative treatments such as going to a chiropractor or an acupuncturist.
Although the colic treatment that helps may vary from baby to baby, one thing that every parent with a colicky child needs is a break from time to time. Make sure that you get away, if only for an hour or two, in order to recharge your batteries and prepare yourself for another bout of colic.
Colic Tip #1
Be Patient: Colic problems will lessen with age, so realize that things will get better in the future. In the mean time, try to stay calm, reassuring and loving. The best thing for your child is a well-rested parent.
Colic Tip #2
Feed Less But More Often: Whether breast feeding or bottle feeding, try feeding a baby with colic half as much as usual and twice as often. Little tummies can’t handle getting too much too fast and the breakdown of lactose can cause an increase in intestinal gas.
Colic Tip #3
Enlist Help: One if the best things you can do if you have a colicky baby is to give yourself a break and get away from it all. Get your spouse, parents, aunts, uncles or even a babysitter to lend a hand for a while so you can rest and recharge your batteries.