Having a baby at home gives joy to everyone, but once you hear the baby crying for long hours at any time of the day is terrible both for you and for the baby. Babies, newborns to be specific, are more prone to being colic. Being colic can be due to several factors such as the immature digestive system of infants, breastfeeding mothers has eaten certain food that contain chemicals that causes gas pains and discomfort, and babies have the tendency to swallow air when they eat, drink milk or cry. Doctors and mothers are experts on how to stop or at least prevent babies from being colic. Here are tips on how to prevent colicky babies and keep yours happy and jolly.
10. Swaddle your baby. Use a baby blanket or something similar cloth, wrap your baby from neck to feet tightly only up to the point that he can still wriggle his arms and legs him around. This will make him feel like he is still in his mommy’s womb.
9. Pacifiers. Your baby sucks instinctively, try to give him a pacifier and see if this works for him. Keep it clean by soaking it in hot water for a few minutes before letting the baby suck on the pacifier.Studies show that pacifiers prevent Sudden Death Syndrome, also known as SIDS.
8. Diet restrictions. Once you’ve decided to breastfeed, you must consider changing your diet, too. As food chemicals that are transferred from a lactating mother to the baby, there are some that causes discomfort to babies. Shy away from cabbage, spicy food, caffeine, eggs, citrus food, and nuts.
7. Give a gentle massage. With a little chamomile oil on your hands, gently massage you baby’s arms and feet and tummy. These will calm him and keep him warm.
6. Minimal frequent feeding. Feed your baby an ounce or two at least every two hours. Discomfort may occur due to overfeeding since a baby’s tummy can only hold so much
5. Humming machines. Babies become peaceful when they here sounds. You can use white noise machine, vacuum cleaner, electric fan, dryer, or any humming machines.
4. Use a soothing motion. Put your baby in a carrier and walk around, caress his back while doing this. The warmth of the body soothes your baby especially when he hears your heartbeat. You may also use a rocking chair or walk around with him in a stroller.
3. Peaceful environment. Some babies do not like too much light and noise. Put your baby to sleep in a quiet, dim or dark room.
2. Gripe water. This is an ancient remedy for colic babies. Before grabbing a bottle, check that it is FDA approved and that it is a trusted brand. Colic Calm is the most popular and effective brand trusted for a very long period of time.
1. Music. Play some music at a low volume or sing a lullaby song when putting your baby to sleep. Instrumental songs are highly recommended.