Dannielle was a colicky baby. She was a handful when she then. Now, I am glad that she is starting to straight up. She sleeps good at night. Before, I was like in a stage playe -- singing, dancing and all the movements (safe) just for her to calm down.
But what really is colic? By the way, I just heard of this term here. Here are some facts about it.
- Colicky babies have a healthy sucking reflex and a good appetite and are otherwise healthy and growing well.
- Colicky babies like to be cuddled and handled.
- Colicky babies may spit up from time to time, but if your baby is actually vomiting and/or losing weight, call the doctor. Vomiting repeatedly is not a sign of colic.
- Colicky babies typically have normal stools. If your baby has diarrhea or blood in the stool, call your doctor.
Experts have not proven it's cause yet.
- Walk with your baby or sit in a rocking chair, trying various positions.
- Try burping your baby more often during feedings.
- Place your baby across your lap on his or her belly and rub your baby's back.
- Put your baby in a swing or vibrating seat. The motion may have a soothing effect.
- Put your baby in an infant car seat in the back of the car and go for a ride. The vibration and movement of the car are often calming.
- Play music tapes — some babies respond to sound as well as movement.
- Place your baby in the same room as a running clothes dryer, white noise machine, or vacuum — some infants find the low constant noise soothing.
- Some babies need decreased stimulation and may do well swaddled, in a darkened room.