What is colic? Typically, a colicky baby cries very frequently and for long hours. Such crying episodes can last for over three hours a day and can happen three to four times in a week. Colic is often seen in otherwise healthy babies between the ages of two weeks and four months. The cause of colic is yet to be deciphered. However, it is generally believed to be a behavioural issue.
As a parent, managing a colicky baby can be distressing. One of the ways by which you can make out that your child is colicky and is not ill is by distracting them. Colicky babies can be distracted, but babies in discomfort continue crying. Episodes of colic are normal, but if it continues for very long and worries you, consult your pediatrician.
Calming a colicky baby is a hit and trial method. What may work for one, may not work for others .Some babies cry incessantly and it is just impossible to soothe them. Some babies may respond to one trick only once.
Motion usually helps, so a swing or a rocking chair may help you calm your child or you may take the baby on a walk – a change in the environment may calm him down.
Pacifiers work because sucking is soothing for most babies. Talking to them, entertaining them with sounds and music also soothe a colicky baby. Ambient sounds, like that of an exhaust fan in the kitchen or waves on a shore or falling water soothes babies. Try singing lullabies to your baby. Your voice will calm the baby’s senses. Or you may try to gently massage your baby or rub his back.
Sometimes nothing works and you just have to hold your baby in your arms and keep on consoling him.