Colic is when a baby cries a lot but there’s no obvious cause, but does get better on its own after a few months. These tips might be helpful in the meantime, as we know this can be a very stressful period.
Comforting your Baby…
There is no “best” way to comfort your baby. Different babies respond to different methods, so you will need to see what works best for you.
The following suggestions may help:
If your baby has colic, it’s important not to forget about your own wellbeing. Looking after a baby with colic can be exhausting and distressing, and it’s common for parents to sometimes feel depressed, angry or helpless.
You may find the following tips useful:
A support group called Cry-sis can also provide help and advice to parents with babies that cry excessively. You can contact the Cry-sis helpline on 0845 122 8669 (9am-10pm, seven days a week).
As colic eventually improves on its own, medical treatment is not usually recommended. But if you’re finding it hard to cope, speak to your health visitor or pharmacist for advice about possible treatments.
There isn’t much good evidence for the effectiveness of these treatments, although some parents find them helpful. It may be worthwhile trying them one at a time for about a week or so each to see if they help.
Speak to your pharmacist – for advice if you’re not sure what’s best for you and your baby.
The following treatments could be dangerous for your baby and shouldn’t be tried:
When should I seek advice?
If you are concerned about your baby’s symptoms or feel unable to cope, please speak with your GP or health visitor.
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