Nothing is sweet and brings more happiness than bringing you baby home for the first time. That tiny human that will rely on your for everything is amazing and brings so much joy. I remember a dear friend from high school after she had her first child. The baby had colic and it was such a struggle. Colic is still a bit of a mystery to us. What we know is that it isn’t a happy experience, it’s hard on baby and on parents.
The term applies to a healthy, well-fed infant, who cries more than 3 hours a day, more than 3 days a week, for more than 3 weeks. This can seem like an eternity for parents, watching their baby be so uncomfortable and tired as well. The good news is there are a lot of things you can do to help ease colic discomfort (it usually goes away around 4-5 months of age) and bring a lot of happiness to your household.
- Burp your baby mid-feeding and at the end of feeding
- Warm Bath
- Warm compress on tummy
- Knee to tummy exercises
- Anti-Colic medications like Gerber Soothe probiotic colic drops
If you baby is eating formula, consider switching to a anti-colic formula such as Gerber Good Start Soothe Infant Formula. This formula is specially designed to help ease excessive crying, colic, fussiness and gas while still providing complete nutritional needs.
For infants are that breastfed, there are some dietary adjustments that can help baby as well, try to avoid:
- Food and drinks that contain caffeine, such as coffee, tea and sodas
- Vegetables that may cause gas, such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage
- Fruits that contain high amounts of citric acid, such as citrus fruits, pineapple and berries