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Tips To Tackle A Colicky Baby

By Expert Author: Being a new parent gives you immense joy but at th

Being a new parent gives you immense joy but at the same time you are filled with a lot of anxiety. When your baby starts screaming in pain, you donít know what to do and you feel helpless. Many parents have encountered this situation before and they say that the colic does not last forever.

Babies donít come with a handbook of instructions so instead of panicking, you must think logically of what is causing your baby to cry. If your infant has colic, it may:

o cry a lot, especially in the late afternoon or early evening
o curl up their knees to their chest and their face turns red when they cry
o have wind or a bloated tummy.

Some parents have suggested the following tips to tackle a colicky child:

1. Gentle Movement: Colicky crying may be may stop if you hold your baby and make it feel comforted in your arms. A short walk with your baby or sitting in a rocking chair might do the trick. Put them in a swing or a cradle. The continuing movement is always soothing to a baby. Go for a car ride as the motion often very helpful and will allow your baby to fall asleep.

2. Create a distraction: Sometimes soothing your baby is as simple as dimming the lights and turning on some music such as ocean and rainfall sounds. For some babies, playing classical, slow music or white noise is calming.

3. Pacifiers: If your baby just ate but is still crying, it might want something to suck on. Give your baby a quality pacifier to calm their mouths with.

4. Gentle touch: A nice warm baby bath or gentle tummy massage may also help them relax and relieves your baby's colic.

5. Swaddling - Many colicky babies jerk their arms and legs uncontrollably during a crying fit and sometimes even after they have fallen asleep. To avoid this, wrap your baby its arms and legs securely wrapped inside a light infant blanket and the head totally. This gives the baby a feeling of being in the motherís womb, and will comfort him enough to calm him.

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