All babies will cry now and then – that is the way they express their needs to the people caring for them. And, some babies will seem to have times where they cry more than others. But when a baby is colicky, it takes the crying to a whole new level. The colic often starts between the second to sixth week after the baby is born, and normally will last until they are three to four months old. Rarely will it last past six months.
A baby with colic will cry much more than normal, often with a certain time of day that is worse. The crying will go on continuously for long lengths of time, anywhere from one to four hours, with the baby’s face becoming flushed and their hands clenched tight. They may curl their arms and legs into their body then straighten them out stiffly, before bringing them in again. Since the baby is often swallowing large amounts of air while crying, their stomachs can become distended with gas.
Although there is no cure for colic, there are some things a parent can do to try and soothe the baby.
Use motion to rock the baby. This can be with a baby swing, bouncy chair, or even taking the baby for a drive in a car or walk in a stroller.
Try using baby massage. Speak with a professional massage therapist who can show you some techniques that can be used to soothe the baby when it begins to cry. Even simply rubbing the baby’s stomach can offer some amount of relief.
Be sure that feeding time is not rushed. If it seems that the baby is drinking too quickly, try feeding smaller amounts more often. It is also important to make sure that the baby is being burped frequently when they are eating.
The most important thing that a parent can do when they have a baby suffering with colic is to get help often. It can be frustrating and tiring when having to deal with a colicky baby, but remember that it will pass.