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18 August 2003

Colicky baby?

Colic affects many babies under the age of three months. The baby appears to be in pain and may cry non-stop for an hour or longer. How can you soothe your baby?

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Colic affects many babies under the age of three months. The baby appears to be in pain and may cry non-stop for an hour or longer. The baby tenses its stomach muscles, pulls up its legs, passes flatus and the face becomes red. Feeding does not calm him and he struggles to settle.

Colic is very stressful and exhausting for parents. Try the following ways of settling your baby:

  • Hold your baby close to your body
  • Massage
  • A long, warm bath
  • Take him for a ride in the car
  • Play soothing background music
  • Constant movement - walk around with him or put him in a rocker
 
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