- Cuddle your baby when they’re crying a lot.
- Hold them upright during feeds to prevent wind getting trapped.
- Burp your baby during and after each feed to avoid colicky pain.
- Ask your healthcare provider (HCP) to check your feeding technique.
- Try giving your baby a warm bath.
- Try a very gentle tummy massage with two fingers in a clockwise motion, using a little olive oil or baby oil.
- Try different tummy-time positions, for example “super baby”, to help relieve pressure on your baby’s tummy. For more ideas, get five fun tummy-time moves to try here.
- Try gently rocking baby over your shoulder, this can encourage trapped wind to find its way out.
- Try gentle background noise like a TV or radio.
- Try rocking your baby in their crib or moses basket.
- Try pushing your baby in their buggy.
- Speak to your HCP about probiotics—research has shown that L. reuteri may bring relief by balancing the bacteria in your baby’s gut.
- Speak to your HCP about your diet—research has shown that a small number of breastfed babies showed improvements when their mom followed a low-allergen diet.
- Try to keep calm—colic will usually improve on its own by the time your baby is around three to four months and usually resolve by six months.
- Take turns with other friends and family to comfort your baby so you can have a break.
- If you are still worried about how much your baby is crying, get in touch with your HCP, as they are best placed to help and set your mind at ease.
- For more on colic and crying, as well as other baby illnesses, read 10 common baby conditions and how to help here.
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