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6 Research-Backed Methods for Soothing a Colicky Baby

Infants with colic can frustrate even the most loving and patient of parents.

Authors of a 2015 report in American Family Physician have described colic as inconsolable fits of crying that last longer than three hours per day, which occur more than three days per week and endure for greater than three weeks. These authors have also reported that colic is at its worst at 6 weeks of age, and it affects up to 40 percent of infants.

If you are the parent of one of these infants, you are probably overwhelmed, exhausted, and looking for solutions. The research has explored swaddling and other effective remedies for soothing babies who suffer from colic.

Swaddling for colic

The research supports the use of swaddling as an effective remedy for colic. Authors of a review published in a 2017 edition of The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing concluded that the research shows that swaddling induces sleep and has a calming effect on babies. A 2006 study in the Journal of Pediatrics found that swaddling was especially effective for younger infants, as it significantly reduced crying among those under 7 weeks of age. If you have a baby who is suffering from colic, the Ziggy Baby Swaddle is simple to use and soothes your baby.

Rocking to soothe colic

Once you have purchased your Ziggy Baby Swaddle, you can soothe your baby through rocking. The rhythm and motion of rocking will mirror the movement that baby felt while in the womb and have a calming effect on him or her. A 2015 study in the Indian Journal of Pain proved the effectiveness of rocking for infants with colic. Study results showed that infants who were rocked both on a blanket and in someone’s arms cried significantly less than they did before the two-week rocking intervention.

White noise for colicky babies

While rocking provides soothing motion to babies with colic, white noise might be even more effective if rocking doesn’t provide your baby with relief. A 2017 study in the Journal of Clinical Nursing found that white noise was more effective than swinging in reducing crying and increasing the length of sleep among colicky infants. If rocking just isn’t working, plugging in a white noise machine or playing white noise sounds from your phone could be just the soothing that your baby needs.

Switching formulas

If your baby is formula-fed, switching his or her formula could soothe him or her and reduce the colic. Researchers for a 1998 edition of the journal BMJ analyzed the results of 27 different studies and found that in general, removing cow’s milk protein from an infant’s diet by replacing it with a hypoallergenic formula was an effective treatment for colic.

Probiotics in colic reduction

Using a probiotic supplement is another effective way to reduce colic, if your baby is breastfed. Researchers for a 2018 edition of the journal Nutrients analyzed the effects of a probiotic supplement on a group of breastfed babies who were suffering from colic. After three weeks of supplementation, babies who received the probiotic supplement cried less when compared to babies receiving a placebo. Talk with your baby’s pediatrician or research probiotic supplements for breastfed infants if you are interested in taking advantage of the colic-reducing effect of probiotics.

Soothe colic with chiropractic care

If other interventions, such as switching formulas or soothing your baby with rocking or white noise are not inducing the desired effect, you might find relief in chiropractic care. Many chiropractors will treat infants, and some parents find that a spinal adjustment quickly provides soothing and reduces symptoms of colic. The research has also supported the benefits of chiropractic care for colicky infants. A 2012 study in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics found that chiropractic treatment significantly reduced the amount of crying time among colicky infants when compared to those who did not receive treatment.

Chiropractic care is just one of a variety of effective treatment options available to infants who are suffering from colic. The research has shown that multiple methods, including swaddling, rocking, playing white noise, switching formulas, and offering a probiotic supplement can provide soothing and relief to colicky babies. Invest in a Ziggy Baby Swaddle and experiment with the other treatment options discussed here to determine what works best for your baby. Rest assured that you will be able to find relief for your baby, and the crying is not your fault. In addition to implementing the tricks and tips herein, you can reach out to other moms or your baby’s medical provider for support. If you feel overwhelmed or frustrated, there is no harm in setting your baby down in a safe place, like a crib, and stepping away for a few minutes to regain composure. You can also lean on friends and family for support and assistance with caring for your baby.

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