Before dismissing your baby’s behaviour as a result of colic, have your GP check him out.
Finding colic relief:
- Try gripe water for babies with colic, gastrointestinal discomfort, teething pain, reflux and other stomach ailments. It’s available from the chemist
- Get ready for the colicky period of the day – if you can avoid it, don’t try to get chores done while he cries.
- Carry your baby around in a baby sling while you do the housework/gardening/cooking.
- Try to figure out what sometimes seems to work to soothe your baby. If you can identify one or two things, try them one by one when he’s crying.
- Get help. Try to get someone to share some time with you during this period – if nothing else, it will move your focus from your crying baby to the adult company.
- If you can’t find anything that works, just hold him. The crying does tend to come down a notch if he’s in your arms.
- If his crying is really upsetting you, put him down somewhere safe and take a break. Take some deep breaths before you pick him up again.
- Change the scenery – sometimes just taking your baby outside will quieten him a little.
- Don’t change your diet – your breast milk is rarely to blame for colic; though you may consider reducing the amount of caffeine you are having as this can be unsettling for young babies.
- If you do truly believe that your baby’s unsettled behaviour is due to a lactose intolerance or cow’s milk allergy, get advice from your GP as to the best way to investigate this.