We know that babies normally cry when they’re wet, hungry, frightened, or tired, but a baby with colic cries excessively, often at the same time of day (usually in the late afternoon or evening).
Colic is an uncontrollable crying in an otherwise healthy baby. According to Baby Center, your baby is considered colicky if he is younger than 5 months old and cries for more than three hours in a row on three or more days a week for at least three weeks. But not to worry, colic isn’t a disease and it won’t cause your baby any long-term harm. However it is going to be a tough journey to go through for babies and their parents. Having said that, it is still a good idea to talk with a doctor about your baby’s crying so the doctor can rule out other potential causes of the excessive crying your baby is having.
If your baby is colicky, you may notice that his cries at this time are louder and higher pitched than his normal crying and that the episodes start and end suddenly.
How to soothe baby’s colic?
Because the exact cause of colic is unknown, it’s one of the most difficult conditions to treat. However, there are a few approaches can be used that appear to be somewhat helpful.
Try a gentle massage on your baby, which they might enjoy. But do watch for her responds, she may be overstimulated.
Another method of managing colic is to make some noise to “mimic the womb.” Babies like sounds that remind them of the rhythmic heartbeat and gentle whooshing noises they heard in the womb. This can include white noise, too, such as running a vacuum cleaner. Your little one might find it comforting to sit in his infant seat while you vacuum.
If you’ve been inside the house, it may be helpful to take your baby for a walk in a stroller, outside. The different environment, sounds, and smells may distract her, and the fresh air and rhythmic movement of walking may calm her enough to fall asleep. Likewise, if you’ve been out with your baby all morning, some quiet time at home might be just what she needs.