If your baby cries uncontrollably for at least 3 hours per day, for at least 3 days per week for at least 3 weeks they are likely suffering from colic. It is estimated that 40% of babies suffer from colic and it eventually goes away on its own. Doctors are not sure what causes colic, making it especially hard to treat. Here are 4 things you can do at home to help bring baby (and parents) some relief:
- Gripe Water: Some theories suggest colic may be caused by gas or other stomach discomfort, if you suspect this might be a contributing factor in baby’s colic then gripe water may help bring them some relief.
- Motion: Motion often helps to calm baby, try walking with or rocking baby to comfort them. Car rides and vibrating (like from a bouncy seat) are also good.
- Sound: Some babies like the constant hum of sound like that from a white noise machine, vacuum cleaner or dryer.
- Calm Baby’s Senses: Calm baby’s senses with a warm bath, gentle massage and/or swaddling them.
Call your baby’s doctor if you have any concerns.