The Fussy Baby (Part IV)

Colic occurs only to newborn babies, up to about four to five months of age. Look for patterns to your baby’s crying; these can provide clues as to which suggestions are most likely to help. Then experiment with some of the ideas in the following list and in the rest of this article:

If Breast Feeding:

  • Feed on demand – it can have a calming influence on the baby.
  • Avoid eating foods like caffeine, dairy products, broccoli and other vegetables that can cause gas

If Bottle Feeding:

  • Offer frequent, small meals
  • Switch formulas and ask pediatrician for suggestions on type
  • Try a different type of bottle or nipple – it can help prevent them from swallowing too much air

Other suggestions that can help with a colicky baby are:

  • Make feeding times a quiet time
  • Try a baby sling or carrier for when they are colicky
  • Use Mylicon Drops (check with your pediatrician)
  • Walk the baby in the stroller
  • Pacifiers are good if your baby likes them
  • A warm bath can help
  • Massage their tummy or roll them onto their tummy
  • Hold the baby upright during feeding times
  • Bicycle their legs gently to help relieve gas pressure
  • Rock the baby or use a swing
  • Swaddle them

These are only suggestions, you will have to learn what works with your baby and consultations with your healthcare professionals and other moms may provide you with other insights.

See Related in: The Fussy Baby (Part I) and The Fussy Baby (Part II) and The Fussy Baby (Part III).

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Heather Long is 35 years old and currently lives in Wylie, Texas. She has been a freelance writer for six years. Her husband and she met while working together at America Online over ten years ago. They have a beautiful daughter who just turned five years old. She is learning to read and preparing for kindergarten in the fall. An author of more than 300 articles and 500+ web copy pieces, Heather has also written three books as a ghostwriter. Empty Canoe Publishing accepted a novel of her own. A former horse breeder, Heather used to get most of her exercise outside. In late 2004, early 2005 Heather started studying fitness full time in order to get herself back into shape. Heather worked with a personal trainer for six months and works out regularly. She enjoys shaking up her routine and checking out new exercises. Her current favorites are the treadmill (she walks up to 90 minutes daily) and doing yoga for stretching. She also performs strength training two to three times a week. Her goals include performing in a marathon such as the Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness or Team in Training for Lymphoma research. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience through the fitness and marriage blogs.