Colic is a distressing issue for parents; it’s heartbreaking to watch
a newborn cry for no apparent reason, and babies with colic are challenging
to console. Colic is defined as excessive periods of crying for at least
a few weeks. Other than to soothe the newborn, there is little parents
can do except simply wait it out. However, since crying could indicate
other health issues, it’s always a good idea to share your concerns
with the women’s services and newborn care providers at Kendall
Regional Medical Center.
After ruling out other possible causes of colic, the pediatrician might recommend
changes to the infant’s feeding routine. If the baby is being fed formula, switching to a different, pediatrician-recommended
formula may help. Be sure to warm the bottle up appropriately before feeding
the baby. Additionally, parents can try switching to a different type
of bottle with a smaller hole in the nipple. If the baby is being breastfed,
the mother might try changing her diet to exclude cow’s milk, eggs,
peanuts, wheat, soy, fish, and tree nuts. Be sure to hold your child upright
during feedings and pause to burp your baby. Some infants cry less with
more frequent, yet smaller feedings. You can also try letting the baby
feed at one breast until it’s depleted before switching to the other
breast. This allows the baby access to the hindmilk, which is richer and
fattier than the foremilk.
Gentle movement can help soothe your baby when he or she is crying. Rock
your baby gently in your arms or use an age-appropriate infant swing.
Wear your baby in an approved infant sling next to your body while you
go for a walk or do various chores. Some babies are soothed by the motions
of a car ride.
In addition to gentle movement, other methods of soothing your baby include
using background noise. You can use a white noise machine in the nursery
or simply turn on a fan. Try offering your baby a pacifier or swaddle
him or her. The maternity nurses can show you the proper swaddling technique.
For unparalleled maternity and
newborn care in Miami, your family can trust Kendall Regional Medical Center. Our women’s
services providers offer personalized, compassionate care within our newly
remodeled labor and delivery suites. You can direct general questions
about our maternity services to our Consult-A-Nurse line at (888) 256-7719.