Colic | Treatment

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Tips on soothing your baby

  • Feed your baby in an upright position.
  • Burp your baby often.
  • If you are breastfeeding, try making small changes in your own diet. Try to limit spicy foods, citrus fruits or caffeine.
  • Rock your baby in a rocking chair or cradle.
  • Put your baby in an infant swing.
  • Give your baby a warm bath.
  • Give your baby a pacifier.
  • Gently rub your baby's stomach.
  • Wrap or swaddle your baby in a soft blanket.
  • Put your baby in a stroller and go for a walk.
  • Go for a drive with your baby in the car seat.

What changes in feeding may help my baby stop crying?

Try feeding your baby if more than 2 hours have passed since the last feeding. Feed your baby more often and less at a time.

If you feed your baby formula, your family doctor might suggest trying a different brand. Warming the formula to body temperature before a feeding may also help.

Try using a nipple with a smaller hole on the bottle if a bottle feeding takes less than 20 minutes. Avoid feeding your baby too quickly.

Will holding my baby differently help?

Sometimes babies who have colic will respond to different ways of being held or rocked.

  • Hold your baby across your lap and massage his or her back.
  • Hold your baby on top of a running dishwasher, washing machine or dryer (don't leave your baby alone).
  • Hold your baby upright. This will help if your baby has gas.
  • Hold your baby while walking.

What can I do when I feel frustrated with my baby?

Colic can be very frustrating for parents. Babies who don't stop crying can be hard to care for. Any time you feel overwhelmed and frustrated, get someone else to watch your baby for a while.

If you can't find anyone to help you, try going into a nearby room and watching TV or listening to the radio. Make sure your baby will be safe without immediate supervision. Crying will not hurt your baby. Be sure you give yourself time away from your baby so you don't get too frustrated.

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 07/13
Created: 01/95

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