Colic is not a fun experience for a baby or his or her parents, but there are some things that you may be able to do to help your baby deal with the discomfort. It's easy to get frustrated when your baby is inconsolable with colic, but trying new things to soothe your baby will help you lessen the frustration because you'll feel like you are at least attempting to make the situation better. So, take a deep breath and get ready to help your baby feel better!
The first thing you should do is try to remain calm. Yes, it's easier said than done, but it can really help the situation. When your baby is screaming and crying for hours, maybe even days on end, it's hard to remain calm, but your tension is only making the situation worse. If you need to, call in a friend to help you, rotate “shifts” with your spouse or partner, or call in a babysitter to take over and let you rest for a couple hours every day. Your ability to handle the stress of a screaming baby will dictate how successful you are at soothing your baby. Because babies pick up on our every emotion, it's imperative that you pull yourself together and put your best foot forward for your child.
The first thing you may want to do is try some gas medication. Often times, gas medication will help soothe the painful cramping that your child is dealing with and let you both get some rest. If you get on a schedule with the gas medication where it is always constant in the body, you might eliminate a good portion of the pain and discomfort that is causing the irritability of your child. There are also several herbal supplements on the market that might be worth a try. Every child responds differently to these medications, but most doctors agree that they are completely safe and worth a try.
The next thing that you might want to try is massage. Massaging your baby will help him or her relax, which is important, but certain massage motions that work the legs and stomach areas will help to reduce cramping and tension allowing your baby to pass gas if needed. Massage is often the best way to help your baby because it will address both the tension and the pain that he or she is feeling. Baby Fart Aerobics can help you learn techniques to help reduce colicky symptoms in your baby.
Next, many parents find that simply wrapping their child tightly in a blanket helps them feel more comfort and helps to relieve the stress your baby is feeling. Think about it, in the womb your child was in a confined space, and still, many babies will find this swaddling very comforting. Many babies will relax when swaddled and they'll be able to release gas more easily in this relaxed state.
Lastly, you might want to try a swing. As odd as it seems, movement seems to work as a soothing method for many colicky babies. It could be the momentum that helps to ease the cramping, or it could just be a distraction, but whatever it is that causes the soothing effect is worth a try! Also, many babies just want their parents to walk with them, bounce them gently, or even put them in the stroller and walk them around. Movement helps for some babies, and it's fairly easy and might help you relieve some stress as well.
Soothing your colicky baby may seem like a daunting task, but keep trying new things until you find something that works. Eventually, you will find something or your baby will outgrow the painful colic. Until then, hang in there, it does get better!