When breastfeeding, be more aware of your diet
Some irritants can be found in breastmilk that can trigger allergic reactions or sensitivity in your infant. It is best to monitor your diet and avoid foods such as milk products, eggs, nuts, and fish to prevent allergic reactions and colicky crying. Changing your diet can help soothe a colic baby, since irritants are no longer present in your breastmilk.
Try changing your formula milk
When you notice that your infant starts their colic episode after formula feeding, then maybe it is the formula milk that is making your infant uncomfortable. Ask your pediatrician for a protein hydrolysate formula if your baby is sensitive to cow’s milk or soy-based formula milk.
Hold your baby
This may sound cliché, but holding and caressing your baby during a colic episode will help soothe down the crying and will help relieve over-sensitivity to the surroundings. It may also help to play white noises to help your baby get back to sleep.
Swaddle your baby
To give comfort and a sense of security, try swaddling your infant. This will calm your baby as swaddling mimics a mother’s warm hug.
Place your baby while lying tummy-down across your lap and rub your baby’s back gently.
The pressure of being laid down will give gas relief to your infant, especially if they have been crying all night.
If these steps still do not help in soothing your baby’s colic, then it is best to consult your doctor. They can run tests to pinpoint other causes.
Taking care of an infant is a big task for parents. That is why, if you suspect that your baby has colic, immediately seek advice from your doctor. They can provide other tips, recommend other diets for you or formula milk for your baby.
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