Colic is a term used to describe a healthy well-fed infant who cries for more than three hours a day, for more than three days a week, for more than three weeks. While the cause of colic is widely unknown, is commonly develops around two weeks old and goes away when the baby is three to four months old. Colic may be caused by gas, hormones, overstimulation, digestive pain and bloat, and a developing nervous system. Here are some tips for treating a colicky baby at home.
Adjust Baby’s Diet
If a baby experiences crying jags after she eats, it could be a sign of food sensitivities. Talk to a doctor about changing the baby’s milk source. This may include switching from cow’s milk to soy based if using formula or eliminating dairy from the mother’s diet if breastfeeding. If the baby is eating solid foods, avoid overly gassy foods such as broccoli, cauliflower, beans, and cabbage. Change up rice cereal to oatmeal as oats provide more fiber, which is needed to help the baby stay regular.