Baby Colic: How to Soothe a Crying Baby
Is your baby crying? No problem: In your melodic voice sing, “hush a bye my baby, hush a bye…..” Lullabies have and will always be the most efficient way of getting your munchkin to stop crying. However, they may not always work. In fact, nothing you try at times will yield fruits. Soothing your baby, thus becomes hectic, especially even when they are well-fed, cherished and have a pair of clean diapers on. If your baby cries continuously without stopping, it may be due to baby colic. Doctors look for three signs to diagnose the condition:
When the crying:
- Last for three hours or more at a single stretch
- Happens for three or more days a week
- The pattern repeats for three weeks in a row
Baby colic has no direct causes since it is not a disease. However, doctors think that overstimulation of the baby’s senses, problems during digestion, food allergies, acid flowing back to the throat from the stomach, are likely triggers.
If it is not baby colic you are dealing with, babies will cry to express their emotional state. These feelings may be fear or anxiousness, or they are just uncomfortable.
Respond to a Crying Baby
You might try everything and get nothing in return, only frustration. If you have been soothing the baby for hours on end, you also become exhausted.
Understand that just because your darling cries frequently doesn’t mean that you are a bad mommy. Soon you will know why they whine, and its importance in child development. Some experts suggest letting the baby to “cry it out” until they sleep. Sometimes it is helpful, but all mothers can concur, resisting the cries of a baby is impossible.
What you need are effective strategies to soothe a baby. Some will work in your favour. Others might not work, and you may need to experiment to find the most effective ones.
Here are strategies you might find useful:
Make a Burrito Swaddle
Swaddling is the best way to hold and soothe the baby’s cries. Besides, it helps to induce sleep. A burrito works so well because it makes babies feel secure like they did in the womb. You should try making one because it is too easy. Just snuggle the baby in a blanket and secure the arms at their side.
The tightness prevents the arms from swinging about and scaring the baby. A swaddle makes them feel home. Not in the crib, you bought or build them, but in their once nine months cosy abode, the womb.
Give the Baby Something to Suck
The best way to make babies feel secure and calm is providing them with something to suck. Touch their lips with anything, and instinctively they will start sucking. It is a standard reflex for babies and part of healthy child development. Some infants even started sucking their fingers in the womb.
If you want to soothe them provide a pacifier, it works well, especially for most new-borns. Additionally, you can also offer the baby your little clean pinkie by placing the finger on top of their mouth to stimulate the reflex.
Sway the Baby Gently
A baby is well-insulated while in the womb but feels some motion. Thus, creating a rhythmic jiggle mimics the womb’s movement. You can gently sway your child from side to side or bounce him up and down to induce calmness. You can place them in a car seat and swing until they fall asleep.
Create White Noise
Inside the womb, it gets very noising, sounding like a continuous pulsing whistle. Noises and vibrations are created by the throbbing heart pumping blood all over; when the mom speaks; other body functions; and environmental noises.
You can use shushing sounds or white noise from a vacuum cleaner or hair drier to help soothe the baby. Once the baby stops crying, you can turn off the noisy machine.
Create a Distraction
Changing the environment by creating a distraction may help the baby to calm down. However, sometimes the method may hurt an over triggered baby. For a quiet approach, you can place little stars or slideshow projects on the ceiling directly above their crib. The baby will stare at them until sleep comes.
Take the Baby Outside
Movements and changes in the surrounding will help soothe the baby and also calm you down. When most babies feel the fresh air and the constant motions, they usually stop crying. The parent or the caregiver can even exercise while soothing the baby.
If your baby is still in a foul mood after feeding, and changing their diaper, speak and plead with them softly.
Avoid getting frustrated quickly, they will sleep, and all will be fine. If it is baby colic, consult with a qualified specialist, they will try to pinpoint the triggers.