Colicky Babies

Written by Christa Gatewood
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Experts estimate that anywhere between 10 and 25 percent of infants experience colic. Colic is a term that is used to apply to babies under five months old that cry uncontrollably for no apparent reason. There is usually no consistent schedule for colic episodes, but they often last longer than three hours. Babies almost always grow out of colic on their own, but the months of crying make most parents seek a remedy--any remedy.

Remedies for Colicky Babies

Colic has been linked to digestive problems by some experts. They suggest that babies are crying over gas pains. Because of that, changing a baby's formula may provide some relief from colic. Mothers who are nursing may help their baby's colic by changing their own diets to restrict foods that cause gas. Learning how to properly burp your baby can also help to ease gas pains. These changes, however, have not been proven as a solid treatment for colic.

Most experienced parents of colicky children have their own preferred methods of soothing the child. Many swear by running a vacuum cleaner or hair dryer. In fact, there is science behind this method. White noise, like the noise produced by vacuum cleaners and hair dryers is very calming to the infant ear as it mimics the sounds of the womb.

For those who do not want to constantly run the vacuum cleaner in their house to keep the baby calm, there is an alternative. Sleep sound machines are available that emit white noise from a small portable appliance. The machine can be placed by a child's bed to aid in sleeping, but it doesn't have to be heard throughout the home.


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