7 things I learnt from having a baby with colic
Seven top tips to help make your baby more comfortable and ease the stress of colic from Sue, a Nutricia Careline nutritionist.
At the Careline, we often speak to parents who are concerned that their baby may have colic. Watching your baby cry inconsolably for long periods of time and feeling like nothing you do helps comfort them is incredibly stressful for new parents.
When my son was a baby he also suffered from colic, so I know firsthand how stressful and exhausting it can be. Here are my top tips to help make your baby more comfortable and ease the stress of colic:
1. Keep your baby upright for feeds
A more upright feeding position can help. If you are bottle feeding, a specialised formula could make a difference and an anti-colic teat can help as it means less gulping or swallowing of air. I recommend talking to your doctor or pharmacist about options.
2. Skin-to-skin contact after feeds
Skin-to-skin contact with a parent after feeding and keeping your baby in an upright position can help to ease colic. It can also be a great way for your partner to bond with baby.
3. A good burping technique
Burping will help get rid of some of the air that your baby swallows while feeding. Try holding your baby against your shoulder or sit him or her upright (be sure to support baby’s neck and head). Then gently rub baby’s back and tummy, making sure all the wind is brought up.
4. Try a motorised swing or sling/front pack
I used a motorized swing for my son and also a sling/front pack to keep him snuggled on me. This meant he was upright whilst allowing me to be hands free.
5. Ask for, and accept, help
Ask for help from friends and family. If you can, get nanna or another family member to come and help at night to rock/walk the baby and give mum and dad a break.
6. Look after yourself and eat well
It’s important that you eat well to keep up your energy and improve your mood. Pre-prepare meals that can be reheated to save time at night. If you are breastfeeding, avoid too much spicy food, alcohol, tea, coffee and other caffeinated drinks. Your healthcare professional can advise you on your diet, or our team of dietitians and nutritionists at the Careline are also here to help.
7. Take some time out for yourself
Have a massage, sleep during the day, read a book or book in a babysitter so you can get out on date night with your partner.
If your baby shows signs of colic, seek support and talk to your healthcare professional. Our Careline team of midwives, dietitians and nutritionists are also here to support you. We can talk through what you are experiencing and provide practical advice to help make your baby more comfortable. Call 1800 842 098 or get in touch via live chat or email. We’re always happy to help.