Having a colicky baby can be a trying time for both baby and parent. Obviously, you want to do everything possible to help your baby but it seems like nothing works. Although some people are funny about medication, if you have tried all your other options for reducing the effects of colic without success, then you might need to consider it.
Today, a number of medications have been formulated specifically for coli. For example, Levsin and Donnatol are two such drugs. Keep in mind that giving any baby medication is serious business so you always want to confer with your baby’s pediatrician so he or she can examine your child before medication is prescribed and administered.
The hard part of colic is that while some babies may cry for weeks, some will experience problems for months. Before turning to medication, you might try a few things. Colic is believed to be trapped gas that causes discomfort and even pain. Therefore, start by examining what you consume if breastfeeding. Since everything is passed onto the baby through the milk, this is very important. Of course, if you are taking medication without your doctor’s acknowledgement, you should discuss it immediately.
As far as your diet, we recommend you cut out any foods known to cause gas. For instance, beans, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and other similar foods could be contributors to the colic. Now, if you do not breastfeed then you will need to try some other things. Keep your baby as calm as possible and when he or she is having a hard time, try placing the baby on your lap, stomach down. Sometimes, the pressure on the tummy feels good while helping trapped gas escape.
Most importantly, you want to keep reminding yourself that while it seems this will go on forever, colic is a temporary issue. In addition, remember that your baby needs your comfort and love more now than any other time. Although the constant crying is enough to put any parent on edge, it will pass.